Alleged McConnell Bugger Shawn Reilly Longtime Dem Operative

When is a Democratic Party operative not a Democratic Party operative? When they allegedly tape a meeting of the GOP leader in the Senate, that’s when. Shawn Reilly, who is being investigated by the FBI for his possible role in illicitly taping a meeting of Mitch McConnell’s campaign staff, was dismissed by Brad Woodhouse, the communications director at the Democratic National Committee, in this fashion on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox:

MEGYN KELLY: “Do you know this group, Progress Kentucky, Brad?”

BRAD WOODHOUSE: “I don’t.”

KELLY: “You don’t know anything about them?”

WOODHOUSE: “I know the brand of progress organizations, but I don’t know anything about Progress Kentucky.”

KELLY: Do you know Shawn Reilly or Curtis Morrison at all?”

WOODHOUSE: “Uh, no. I’ve never heard of them.”

Let’s examine this contemptuous dismissal of Reilly a little more deeply. Reilly was a delegate to the 2012 DNC, and was one of three people who ran field operations for Iraq Summer Campaign, a group that opposed George W. Bush’s campaign in Iraq, that just so happened to be part of the umbrella group Americans against Escalation in Iraq (whose leader was, you guessed it—Brad Woodhouse)  Reilly was the vice-chairman of the  34th Legislative District in Louisville and is currently the vice-president of the Metro Democratic Club, Louisville’s largest Democratic Party-affiliated group.

And Woodhouse has never heard of him?

A month ago, Reilly made national headlines when his group Progress Kentucky made a racially charged comment at McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, the former secretary of Labor. Reilly stated:

Those tweets did not reflect our values, and we are committed to making sure nothing like that happens again. We also apologize to our many supporters, and all Kentuckians working for change in 2014, for those communications. Comments with references to race, ethnicity or sexual orientation have no place in any debate, and we are deeply embarrassed by such a mistake.

And yet Woodhouse has never heard of him?

Something is rotten in the state of Kentucky—and in the DNC.



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