KY Dem Operative: Progress Kentucky Behind McConnell Recording

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Don’t expect to see this in Mother Jones. Or most any other media outlet, for that matter. But at least now we know who may have been behind the recording of Mitch McConnell.

A secret recording of a campaign strategy session between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

Mother Jones Magazine released the tape this week. The meeting itself took place on Feb. 2.

Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, says that day, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded the meeting.

Conway says neither the local nor the state Democratic party had any part in the incident.

The claim is these guys were able to record this via a hallway, which may not be illegal. Although this same outfit is the same one responsible for the ugly racial smearing of McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

It’s unclear why Reilly and Morrison held onto the tape for so long. Kentucky law says it is a felony “to overhear, record amplify or transmit any part of a wire or oral communication of others without the consent of at least one party thereto by means of any electric, mechanical or other device.”

But if the conversation was audible from a hallway, it’s disputable whether recording qualifies as eavesdropping.

Before the recording was released, Progress Kentucky ran afoul of the McConnell campaign for another incident. On the PAC’s Twitter account, a volunteer criticized McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, and her ethnicity, saying the Taiwanese-American former Secretary of Labor was complicit in moving jobs to China. Shortly after the tweets became public, Morrison resigned from Progress Kentucky, though he insists another volunteer sent the tweets.

Two days ago McConnell accused these same clowns of doing the bugging.

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