Updates will be added as information comes out.
A Democratic official, Jacob Conway, has exposed two members of Progress Kentucky for the illegal taping of the Mitch McConnell campaign headquarters while they discussed a possible Ashley Judd candidacy.
Mr. Conway said he came forward because he didn’t want the bad behavior of these two men to reflect on the Democratic party. Mr. Conway said Sean Riley and Curtis Morrison, founders of Progress Kentucky, bragged to him about taping the meeting.
Mr. Conway was on the Executive Committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party at the time.
The tape was of a somewhat brash conversation between Mitch McConnell and his staff in which Ashley Judd’s fragile mental health was discussed. The tape was leaked to Mother Jones, a Soros magazine who used it to mock Mitch McConnell and his staff.
The tape is the subject of an FBI investigation. The FBI has already pulled surveillance tape of the headquarters and is investigating this report by Mr. Conway.
The tape is a watergate-style bugging according to Mr. McConnell.
Mr. Conway said they heard the conversation from the hallway.
“They were in the hallway after the, I guess after the celebration and hoopla ended, apparently these people broke for lunch and had a strategy meeting, which is, in every campaign I’ve been affiliated with, makes perfect sense,” says Conway. “One of them held the elevator, the other one did the recording and they left. That was what they told to me from them directly.”
Mr. Conway said the local and state Democratic Party had nothing to do with the taping.
Progress Kentucky has already attacked Mitch McConnell’s wife’s ethnicity. Mr. McConnell suspected this organization was behind the illicit tape recording.
Mr. Riley and Mr. Morrison could be guilty of a felony punishable with a five year prison sentence in a federal penitentiary.
Update: Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, said that if this story is accurate, the men were not authorized to be on the floor and certainly not in the area of the office.
Update: 4/12/13: Mr. Conway isn’t sure now if Mr. Riley was part of the conversation.
Mother Jones (MoJo) is concerned that McConnell’s aides were discussing the election possibly while on salary. Do people honestly believe that David Axelrod and Jay Carney don’t discuss the elections with Barack Obama?
Initial story at WFPL