Jacob Conway, a committee member of the Jefferson County Democratic party, spoke with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly this afternoon to reveal that Progress Kentucky, a liberal super PAC, is responsible for the tapes released this week from Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters.
Conway said he met a couple months ago with Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, one a founder of and the other a volunteer for Progress Kentucky, who told him that they had recorded McConnell: “They told me they were there, they told me they were in the hallway, they have a recording, so you can draw your own conclusions.” Conway first came forward with the information on a local NPR affiliate, and has not been contacted by the FBI yet. He said he doesn’t know if the group has other recordings.
“The only reason that I came forward withwthat I knew was I was trying to protect the Democratic party,” Conway explained, because he didn’t want the “mistakes” and “lack of judgment” of Reilly and Morrison “to hurt our party’s efforts,” saying he believed the McConnell campaign would try to tie the local Democratic-party operation to Progress Kentucky. He also said that Reilly’s and Morrison’s operation was impromptu, explaining, “it was not a bugging by what you and I would consider that, as Nixonian bugging. That’s a little overdramatic.”
The tapes were published by Mother Jones earlier this week and received attention because they included the McConnell campaign’s discussing the religious beliefs and mental-health issues of potential candidate Ashley Judd. McConnell had claimed that his headquarters were “bugged,” calling it “Nixonian” and comparing it to Watergate, but Mother Jones denied they were illegally obtained.
The FBI is currently investigating the incident, and has examined evidence at the campaign office. Under state law, it is a felony to “to overhear, record amplify or transmit any part of a wire or oral communication of others without the consent of at least one party thereto by means of any electric, mechanical or other device.”
In February, Progress Kentucky made news for attacking McConnell’s “Chinese” wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan. The group later apologized.