McConnell Campaign: Reports of Progress KY Illegal Recording 'Very Disturbing'
On Thursday, local Kentucky website WFPL reported that Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party executive committee had ratted out Progress Kentucky founders and leaders Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison for allegedly illegally recording conversations of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and aides discussing potential Senatorial candidate Ashley Judd.
Conway told WFPL:
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. 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 recorded conversation took place within a closed, locked room. Conway said the Progress Kentucky leaders recorded it from the hallway outside the room.
In comment to Breitbart News, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said, “WFPL’s reports that left-wing activists illegally recorded a private meeting inside our campaign headquarters are very disturbing. At this point, we understand that the FBI is immersed in an intensive criminal investigation and must defer any further comment to them.”
The media seems less than concerned about the matter. The Washington Post -- the same newspaper that brought down a president over wiretapping -- has now lauded Mother Jones for running the recordings.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).