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#1396253 - 04/09/13 01:30 PM Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording
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MoJo’s secret recording of McConnell meeting called ‘Nixonian tactics’

By LOIS ROMANO and KEVIN ROBILLARD | 4/9/13 10:43 AM EDT Updated: 4/9/13 1:11 PM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign asked the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday to investigate how Mother Jones magazine obtained a recording of a February strategy session.

“Senator McConnell’s campaign is working with the FBI and has notified the local U.S. Attorney in Louisville, per FBI request, about these recordings,” McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement. “Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”


Added a source close to the campaign: “We’re going on the assumption that a crime has been committed. No one at the meeting leaked this.”


On Tuesday morning, Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, published an audio recording of McConnell staffers discussing opposition research they could use against actress Ashley Judd, who was considering running against veteran senator in the 2014 Senate race. Judd announced last week that she would not make the race.

The magazine reported that in the Feb. 2 recording, McConnell and his aides were heard considering attacking Judd for “past struggles with depression and for her religious views.”

Someone on the tape is heard saying:

“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the ’90s.”



McConnell is not disputing the authenticity of the tape. Yesterday, his campaign offices were swept by a private security detail, which did not find a bug. Still, given that the meeting was attending by only a handful of longtime McConnell insiders, team McConnell is convinced it was not an internal leak. In an earlier statement, the McConnell campaign accused “the Left” of using “Nixonian tactics” and bugging the campaign’s headquarters.

David Corn, the Mother Jones reporter who broke the story, stood by his reporting and noted that he repeatedly reached out to the McConnell camp before publication.



“Our lawyers vetted the story,” he told POLITICO. “The story itself says we were provided the tape by a source who wishes to remain anonymous. You know this job. I really can’t say much beyond that.”


McConnell himself is heard speaking at the beginning of the meeting, which features aides presenting a whole range of opposition research they were considering using against a candidate Judd. At one point, a person describes “a wealth of material” to use potentially against Judd, prompting laughter from those present.

The veteran senator invokes an old arcade game to describe the campaign’s strategy for dealing with challengers.

“I assume most of you have played the, the game Whac-A-Mole?,” he said to laughter. “This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign…when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.”

Most of the discussion focuses on Judd’s liberal positions, including support for gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s health-care reform law. It’s unclear how long McConnell was present during the session.

Earlier that day, McConnell had a party to officially open the campaign offices. There were about 75 invitation-only guests at the event. The meeting occurred later in the day.

McConnell’s 2014 campaign is expected to be one of the nastiest, closest watched and most expensive races in the country. The senator’s approval ratings have been down, making him appear vulnerable. But the Democrats have yet to line up a strong candidate to challenge him.

Judd ultimately decided not to challenge McConnell.

“We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp than to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter,” Judd spokeswoman Cara Tripicchio wrote in an e-mail to CBS News. “Every day it becomes clearer how much we need change in Washington from this kind of rhetoric and actions.”

The McConnell campaign also posted and then deleted a Tweet accusing “liberals” of “wiretap[ing]” his campaign office.

“First they attack our right to bear arms, then they wiretap,” the @TeamMitch account wrote, according to the Twitter archiving site Politwoops. “Stand up against the liberal left with Sen. McConnell.”

The message linked to a fundraising page declaring: “BREAKING: LIBERALS WIRE TAP MCCONNELL’S OFFICE. Stand with Senator McConnell against the liberal media’s illegal and underhanded tactics.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/mi...l#ixzz2PzKg1pHp

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#1396307 - 04/09/13 06:19 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Yesterday, his campaign offices were swept by a private security detail, which did not find a bug. Still, given that the meeting was attending by only a handful of longtime McConnell insiders, team McConnell is convinced it was not an internal leak.

While it is possible that someone bugged the office, the article says that no bug was found when swept. While it is possible that the bug was removed prior to the sweep, it could also be possible that McConnell has a rat on his team willing to sell him out. As far as I'm concerned, either is plausible at this point.
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#1396323 - 04/09/13 08:15 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Josephus]
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Can you say "Watergate"!

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#1396324 - 04/09/13 08:15 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Josephus]
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Can you say "Watergate"!

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#1396326 - 04/09/13 08:33 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Can you say "Watergate"!



Can we say that dirt bag McConnell has proven himself to be a "backroom" con man that has made many enemies on both sides of the isles who may want him removed from Capitol Hill. BTW, remember the proposition of making Obama a one term President? ;\)

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#1396332 - 04/09/13 09:33 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Can you say "Watergate"!

Can you say that there was concrete proof with Watergate, but not here? Not yet, anyway...
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#1396335 - 04/09/13 09:38 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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Can you say "Watergate"!



Can we say that dirt bag McConnell has proven himself to be a "backroom" con man that has made many enemies on both sides of the isles who may want him removed from Capitol Hill. BTW, remember the proposition of making Obama a one term President? ;\)

Oh, so its okay then?

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#1396336 - 04/09/13 09:43 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Yes... it's OK that McConnell has proved himself a dirt bag, and failed at his mission to make Obama a one term president. ;\)

That was said tongue in cheek. However, I'd really like to see how this whole thing is going to pan out. Was he bugged, or did he have a rat in his nest?
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#1396342 - 04/09/13 10:25 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Josephus]
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McConnell and his kind can not tolerate that Ms Judd, who admires and respects St Francis of Assisi, also backs President Obama.

Too much Christianity for them to handle.

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#1396344 - 04/09/13 10:38 PM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: Ohithere
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Can you say "Watergate"!



Can we say that dirt bag McConnell has proven himself to be a "backroom" con man that has made many enemies on both sides of the isles who may want him removed from Capitol Hill. BTW, remember the proposition of making Obama a one term President? ;\)

Oh, so its okay then?



LOL......with a huge question mark to your response.... is what ok? In regard to McConnell, you appear ready and set to blame a Democrat as the culprit. If you learn to read C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y and slowly, you'll note that I stated that he(McConnell) has many enemies, so anyone may or can be against him. It appears that strategies were already set in motion to destroy a major actress who only hinted at running for the political position...maybe one of the reason(s) she had a change of venue. So my question to you, is it ok for one of your boys to prematurely strategize dirty politics for his future gain? but wait, he has been doing that for the last 4 years....how is that working out for him and what negative impact will it have on the Republican party? which may be the very reason(s) that his own could possibly betray their allegiance to him solely and not the party.

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#1396377 - 04/10/13 08:14 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: Ohithere
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Can you say "Watergate"!



Can we say that dirt bag McConnell has proven himself to be a "backroom" con man that has made many enemies on both sides of the isles who may want him removed from Capitol Hill. BTW, remember the proposition of making Obama a one term President? ;\)

Oh, so its okay then?


\If you read very


LOL......with a huge question mark to your response.... is what ok? In regard to McConnell, you appear ready and set to blame a Democrat as the culprit. If you learn to read C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y and slowly, you'll note that I stated that he(McConnell) has many enemies, so anyone may or can be against him. It appears that strategies were already set in motion to destroy a major actress who only hinted at running for the political position...maybe one of the reason(s) she had a change of venue. So my question to you, is it ok for one of your boys to prematurely strategize dirty politics for his future gain? but wait, he has been doing that for the last 4 years....how is that working out for him and what negative impact will it have on the Republican party? which may be the very reason(s) that his own could possibly betray their allegiance to him solely and not the
party.

If you read C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y and slowly, you'll note, that I wasn't replying to your post!

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#1396378 - 04/10/13 08:17 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ProAct]
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McConnell and his kind can not tolerate that Ms Judd, who admires and respects St Francis of Assisi, also backs President Obama.

Too much Christianity for them to handle.

Are you really that simple minded ProAct?

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#1396379 - 04/10/13 08:25 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Ohithere
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Can you say "Watergate"!



Can we say that dirt bag McConnell has proven himself to be a "backroom" con man that has made many enemies on both sides of the isles who may want him removed from Capitol Hill. BTW, remember the proposition of making Obama a one term President? ;\)

Oh, so its okay then?



If you were not replying to me, explain the above response.

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#1396381 - 04/10/13 08:47 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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I don't have to explain anything to you, so stop demanding!

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#1396383 - 04/10/13 09:40 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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I don't have to explain anything to you, so stop demanding!


Just what we've known for months ,you make false accusations and when called out, you're response is always the same, that you don't have to defend yourself. LOL "continue on soldier"

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#1396386 - 04/10/13 10:01 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
I don't have to explain anything to you, so stop demanding!


Just what we've known for months ,you make false accusations and when called out, you're response is always the same, that you don't have to defend yourself. LOL "continue on soldier"

If you know my response ... why bother asking the question?

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#1396387 - 04/10/13 10:12 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Ohithere
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
I don't have to explain anything to you, so stop demanding!


Just what we've known for months ,you make false accusations and when called out, you're response is always the same, that you don't have to defend yourself. LOL "continue on soldier"

If you know my response ... why bother asking the question?


I thought that every once in a while we all will have an unusual and exceptional day that allows us to think with even more clarity which in turn will allow us to give an exceptionally reasonable answer but please forgive me for failing to take note of your limitations....again sorry for the assumption.

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#1396394 - 04/10/13 10:33 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
Originally Posted By: Ohithere
Originally Posted By: Chicago Jesus
I don't have to explain anything to you, so stop demanding!


Just what we've known for months ,you make false accusations and when called out, you're response is always the same, that you don't have to defend yourself. LOL "continue on soldier"

If you know my response ... why bother asking the question?


I thought that every once in a while we all will have an unusual and exceptional day that allows us to think with even more clarity which in turn will allow us to give an exceptionally reasonable answer but please forgive me for failing to take note of your limitations....again sorry for the assumption.


Run along...

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#1396396 - 04/10/13 10:41 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: ]
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Got the day off so I choose to stay...what was your statement about DEMANDING? Thank you for proving my point that futile and meaningless debates on your behalf is the best we can expect from you. Maybe Timbo or Joe will resume a more intellectual debate. ;\)

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#1396400 - 04/10/13 11:04 AM Re: Dems bug GOP campaign meeting secret recording [Re: Ohithere]
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Got the day off so I choose to stay...what was your statement about DEMANDING? Thank you for proving my point that futile and meaningless debates on your behalf is the best we can expect from you. Maybe Timbo or Joe will resume a more intellectual debate. ;\)



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Got the day off

WOW!

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