McConnell vs. ProgressKY: A circus act

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Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kentucky Democrats need to get their act together if they’re going to beat Mitch McConnell in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. But based on this story in the Courier-Journal, as long as they have guys like this working for them, they’re sunk:

The Democratic official who implicated two Progress Kentucky members in the surreptitious recording of a Mitch McConnell campaign strategy meeting backed away from a key portion of his story Friday, saying he may have never talked to one of the men he accused.

In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, said he is certain he talked with Curtis Morrison about the recording — but he may not have spoken with Shawn Reilly as he told members of the media Thursday. …

… Conway changed his story after Ted Shouse, a lawyer for Reilly, said earlier Friday that Conway lied about Reilly’s role in the recording of the McConnell meeting that was leaked to Mother Jones magazine. …

… Shouse pointed out a 2005 criminal case in which Conway was accused of stealing money from the office safe at the Jefferson County attorney’s office while working as a clerk there, as well as from the Log Cabin Republicans, a national GOP group that advocates equality for gays and lesbians.

Conway entered an Alford plea in 2006 to felony theft by unlawful taking, meaning he did not admit guilt but agreed there was enough evidence to convict him. He was put on diversion and agreed to pay $2,800 to the county attorney’s office and $670 to the Log Cabin Republicans.

OK, how did Conway get on the Executive Committee if he stole money from these groups? What’s his affiliation with the Republicans anyway, since he somehow had access to their money? Is he a mole.

And this distraction focuses attention from what is a significant issue. Mitch McConnell and his staff saw that Ashley Judd was a possible opponent, so they planned to do a sleazy attack on her by questioning her mental health and they were planning to screw anyone who got in their way, including one of the state’s newspapers.

During the almost 12-minute recording, McConnell can be heard telling staffers that he will attack any political opponent who “sticks their head up” and added that there were plans to attack The Courier-Journal, whose editorial board has criticized him.

An unidentified male voice on the tape can be heard saying: “She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse (Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager) can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies.”

McConnell’s campaign staff also talked about using Judd’s religious beliefs and residency issues against her, and they talked about political positions she has taken on issues, ranging from mountaintop removal to abortion.

Progress Kentucky, which is supposed to be supporting Democrats, is now accused of possibly illegal taping and a while back pulled a racist stunt by attacking McConnell’s wife because she’s Chinese.

According to Huffington Post:

While super PACs active in the 2012 elections were run by savvy political operatives raising millions from well-heeled contributors, Progress Kentucky is led by what one former state Democratic Party official described as “just a couple of activists” who are more intent on making a mockery of super PACs.

Progress Kentucky, created in December, has collected about $1,000 and spent $18, according to its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. By contrast, McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has raised a hefty $10 million toward his re-election effort, according to his FEC filing.

So Progress Kentucky is turning out to be a dangerous joke, the Democratic Executive Committee has a liar and thief on its payroll and Mitch McConnell is still the front runner in the 2014 election for the Senate.

The sleaze factor in this election has reached epic proportions. And we don’t even have a Democratic candidate yet.

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