Tapes show McConnell campaign’s plot against Ashley Judd

Posted at 9:40 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 21:40:55-04

The FBI is looking into how a recording of Senator Mitch McConnell’s political aides ended up in the hands of a reporter at liberal magazine, Mother Jones.  The tapes include campaign strategists discussing way to attack former potential rival actress Ashley Judd.

In the audio recording, Senate minority leader McConnell can be heard in what sounds like a typical strategy session, discussing his potential opponents with his campaign advisers back in February. In their research on Judd, they talk about her mental health, and the fact that she wrote in her autobiography about suffering from suicidal tendencies, and having a mental breakdown in the ’90’s.

McConnell staffers contacted the FBI, convinced they were bugged along the lines of Watergate.

Senator McConnell is blaming a liberal group called Progress Kentucky” which has already smeared the Senator’s wife, attacking her ethnicity.  His wife is Elaine Chao, the former secretary of Transportation under the first President Bush and then the Secretary of Labor in the second Bush administration.

Mother Jones magazine says it was not involved in the recording of McConnell’s campaign meeting and that the audio came from an anonymous source.  A source close to the McConnell campaign said there’s nothing wrong with discussing Judd’s personal history, and that any campaign would do that.

Also important to note, the senator was not heard responding to the discussion of the actress’s mental health.