I'm not going to be cute about this:
- Progress Kentucky is a racist organization. We know this because they went after Mitch McConnell's wife for being, apparently, a spy for the Chinese.
- Progress Kentucky is a crazy organization. We know this because they thought that Ashley Judd was a viable candidate for Kentucky Senate (nobody else did, honestly).
- And, allegedly, Progress Kentucky is a stupid organization. We suspect this because Kentucky Democrats are confessing that the organization apparently bragged about taping Mitch McConnell and staff during a strategy session:
Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, says that day, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded the meeting.
“They were in the hallway after the, I guess after the celebration and hoopla ended, apparently these people broke for lunch and had a strategy meeting, which is, in every campaign I've been affiliated with, makes perfect sense,” says Conway. “One of them held the elevator, the other one did the recording and they left. That was what they told to me from them directly.”
If that's true, that very well could be a felony, depending on how sympathetic the court is (more details here). Even if it is a felony, mind you, Mother Jones apparently has a media exception that will still protect it - but Progress Kentucky is decidedly not protected. Nor are the Kentucky Democrats who are in the splash radius of this news. Which is probably why Jacob Conway came forward; if the FBI tracked him down first, well, "conspiracy to commit X" is such a broad, dangerous category.
I would seriously suggest that Progress Kentucky take this entire thing seriously, by the way: if for no other reason than the fact that Mitch McConnell has probably known for a couple of days already that they were behind the recording. That'd be why he made sure to link this event to Progress Kentucky's earlier racism. And here's the other reason why: the Kentucky Democratic party leadership doesn't want any part of this nonsense; thanks to Progress KY, a full takeover of the state government by the GOP just became the slightest bit more likely. Under the circumstances, the Kentucky Democratic party will be more than happy to throw Progress Kentucky to the feds.
But never mind me, I'm sure.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: You should note: Mother Jones couched its update on the tape's origins in a way that completely covered itself, while leaving Progress Kentucky out in the breeze. No loyalty on the Left...