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McConnell campaign plot to take down political foe Ashley Judd revealed in secret recordings

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 18:41:03-04

LOUISVILLE, KY (PIX11) — A plot to paint a political opponent as a deranged, emotionally unbalanced psycho who is as un-American as they come, isn’t the new plot for the new Will Ferrell movie, but rather an alleged plot against another movie star — Ashley Judd.

According to a bombshell report published on left-leaning website Mother Jones, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was so determined to take down any opponent fielded by Democrats in the upcoming 2014 election, he held a private closed-door meeting at his campaign headquarters to discuss strategies and assess political ammo.

And surprise, surprise — a lot of time was spent on undermining a possible run by Judd.

The “secret” meeting turned out to be far from it, as audio from the February 2 gathering was later posted on YouTube.

From Judd’s bouts with depression to her view on religion, it was all discussed by McConnell aides.

“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced,” one unidentified aide is heard saying. “I mean it’s been documented … you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.”

The McConnell campaign’s private chit-chat proved to be useless as Judd ultimately announced she was not going to run.

In response to the story, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton released a statement Tuesday, saying the incident is now under investigation.

“Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished will presumably be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

Judd did not immediately respond to the controversy.

To listen to the complete recordings obtained by Mother Jones, click here.