Oh how I wish these guys were tied to “Progress Now.” It could be used as a universal rallying cry on the Right to finally bring down groups like “One Wisconsin Now” — a Progress Now affiliate, once and for all.
(H/T The Weekly Standard)
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.
On the tape, McConnell and his advisors are heard laughing and joking about opposition research they had on actress Ashley Judd, who had been considering running against McConnell next year. Many Democratic groups blasted McConnell for the remarks yesterday, disgusted by the fact McConnell would potentially use Judd’s suicidal thoughts as a child against her.
Reilly and Morrison have declined to comment for this story.
It is a crime in Kentucky to record a conversation without the express permission of the parties involved in it. According to reports from a Kentucky NPR-affiliate, the tape was made when two Progress Kentucky employees infiltrated a McConnell open house after hours.
On Feb. 2, McConnell opened his campaign headquarters in the Watterson Office Park in Louisville and invited trusted GOP activists and select media outlets to an open house. The event lasted roughly two hours. Afterward, McConnell and several campaign advisors held a strategy session in an office meeting room.
Morrison and Reilly did not attend the open house, but they told Conway they arrived later and were able to hear the meeting 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.”
The meeting room door is next to the elevators on that floor. McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton has told multiple media outlets the door was shut and locked on Feb. 2. But the door has a vent at the bottom and a large gap underneath.
“Apparently the gentlemen overheard the conversation and decided to record it with a phone or recording device they had in their pocket. Could’ve been an iPhone, could’ve been a Flip camera or something like that,” Conway say.
This is not the first antics of this group in this campaign. In the past, Progress Kentucky announced they were open to fielding a fake Tea Party candidate to primary the Senate GOP leader. Most recently, they were disgraced by a series of racist tweets on Twitter about McConnell’s wife, former Labor Sec. Elaine Chao.