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Liberal group fingered in McConnell bugging case

Liberal group fingered in McConnell bugging case

A breakthrough in the investigation of the secret recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign, by way of Fox News:

Jacob Conway, who is with the Jefferson County Democratic Party, told Fox News that two leaders with the group Progress Kentucky told him at the time that they recorded the session. He said it wasn’t a “Nixonian bugging,” but could have been recorded with an iPhone.

Conway told Fox News they recorded the meeting from the hallway, and later told him about it.

“I don’t know why they were at the grand opening of his campaign office. … They overheard the conversation going on,” he said. “To me it was an extremely tacky conversation … but it was a private conversation nonetheless.”

Conway did not specifically say the operatives gave the tape to Mother Jones, but said: “They told me they were there. They told me they were in the hallway. They have a recording. So you know, you can draw your own conclusions.”

WFPL News in Louisville says it has “other sources” who have “corroborated this series of events.”  Conway said he wanted to keep the situation from “tarnishing the Democratic Party,” which is already plenty tarnished when it comes to dirty campaign tricks.  DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse has abruptly stopped laughing about the incident, a marked change from his attitude just a day ago:

“We would never condone anything like this — a secret taping. We would never condone it,” he said. Woodhouse said he knows nothing about the group in question.

“Our reaction is that we would like the investigation to take its course.”

You “know nothing” about Progress Kentucky, Mr. Woodhouse?  Really?  Let me see if I can jog your memory:

Progress Kentucky, a Democratic super PAC with its sights on toppling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has drawn backlash for a persistent effortto suggest that the senator’s wife’s Chinese roots have led him to embrace anti-American policies.

In a Feb. 14 tweet, the group made a particularly blunt jab suggesting that Elaine Chao, former labor secretary under President George W. Bush and McConnell’s second wife, was encouraging him to support outsourcing jobs to China.

This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress – she’s his #wife.May explain why your job moved to #China! rense.com/general77/raci…

— Progress Kentucky (@ProgressKy) February 14, 2013

Notably, the tweet linked to the website of conspiracy theorist and radio host Jeff Rense, who claims that Chao’s tenure as labor secretary was marked by racism against American workers. Progress Kentucky has tweeted out that link a number of times.

That’s from the Huffington Post, February 26, 2013.  Have you ever heard of the Huffington Post, Mr. Woodhouse?

Note that the vile tweet about McConnell’s wife was sent on February 14, while the conversation by McConnell’s campaign staff was covertly recorded on February 2.  The topic of their conversation was the unhinged nature of Ashley Judd’s comments, something that soon became clear to the Kentucky Democrat Party, which torpedoed her potential Senate candidacy.  It would be fascinating to hear some secret tapes of that meeting over at Democrat HQ, wouldn’t it?

But making such a tape would be a crime, because as Sean Spicer of the Republican National Committee reminds us, under Kentucky law “divulging information obtained through illegal eavesdropping is a crime, punishable as a misdemeanor.”  The best criminal defense available to the perpetrators would presumably be a claim that they couldn’t help but overhear the conversation.  Maybe they’ll claim they dropped their recording device, and it switched itself on when it hit the floor.

The FBI continues its investigation of the McConnell recording, which would have even more dire legal implications if the room was actually bugged, rather than recorded from the hallway outside.  According to Fox News, “the FBI also pulled video surveillance footage” from the building.

What have we learned from the behavior of liberals and Democrats throughout this story?

1. Surreptitiously recording conversations is awesome.

2. However, as soon as there is talk of a serious criminal prosecution, cut your losses, rat out your friends, and run for the hills.

3. Conducting opposition research on political opponents is a monstrous crime.

4. If a candidate for high office is mentally unstable, it is unacceptable to mention it to the public, or even remind people of bizarre things the candidate has said.

5. The information gathered through political dirty tricks, on the other hand, is fair game, and should be discussed at great length, no matter how it’s obtained.

You’re all good with these rules of engagement, liberals?  If not, this is definitely the moment to speak up.

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