Report: Racist ‘Progressive’ Group Behind McConnell Recording (Update: Official Resigns)
April 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm
Progress Kentucky was last seen tweeting a racial smear at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elain Cho. A report out today says that the same group is behind the recording that Mother Jones’ David Corn released and reported on this week.
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.
Conway didn’t turn them in.
McConnell Jesse Benton appeared on Fox this afternoon and questioned how the operatives could have recorded the conversation. The building is secure, and the office in which the meeting was held was upstairs. There are security cameras at the entrance and a secretary on the McConnell office floor. McConnell’s campaign says:
“WFPL’s reports that left-wing activists illegally recorded a private meeting inside our campaign headquarters are very disturbing,” says McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. “At this point, we understand that the FBI is immersed in an intensive criminal investigation and must defer any further comment to them.”
Update: The Progress Kentucky super PAC’s treasurer has resigned.