Senator Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign says its headquarters have been bugged.
Earlier today, Mother Jones released audio recordings that feature McConnell aides discussing how actress Ashley Judd, who had been publicly considering running for Senate, had suffered from depression.
According to a McConnell insider, there’s no chance that one of the participants in that meeting leaked the tape. The conference room in which the discussion was held was locked, and it wasn’t a big meeting: Only about six people were present, all longtime McConnell loyalists.
“We’ve always said the Left would stop at nothing to attack Senator McConnell, but Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond,” said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton in a statement.
“Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings,” Benton added. “Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”