David Corn On Progress Kentucky Allegations: ‘Can’t Say Much Now’

Mother Jones’ David Corn said Thursday that he has no comment on the report that two members of the group Progress Kentucky were behind the recordings of the secret meeting involving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and campaign aides.

“I don’t comment on confidential sources,” Corn told TPM in an email. “Can’t say much now.”

It was Corn who reported on the recordings earlier this week. In one of the recordings, a McConnell aide can be heard discussing Ashley Judd’s history with depression and how it might play in a campaign. McConnell’s camp maintained all along that the meeting was recorded through a Watergate-style bugging operation, an assertion that Corn denied. 

Jacob Conway, who sits on the executive committee of the Jefferson County, Ky. Democratic Party, told Kentucky NPR affiliate WFPL that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison of Progress Kentucky bragged to him about recording the meeting. Conway subsequently told Fox News that he made the information public for the sake of the Democratic Party. 


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