When making accusations against his perceived foes this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) initially blamed a local group called Progress Kentucky (or ProgressKY). Soon after, McConnell’s aides walked that back, saying the senator was referring generally to liberals, not this specific organization.
Perhaps he should have stuck with the initial line.
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. […]
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.
According to the local Democratic official, the local group went to the McConnell campaign’s strategy session and recorded what they heard. They didn’t bug the office, but used “a phone or recording device they had in their pocket” while listening from the hallway.
A “Watergate-style” operation this was not.
The story remains unconfirmed, but it’s worth noting that a member of the Progress Kentucky leadership team resigned today on the “advice of both friends and counsel.”
If ProgressKy sounds familiar, it drew widespread condemnations from the left and right in February after it made racially-charged comments about Mitch McConnell’s wife.