The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday called on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to apologize for the content of a secret audio recording of the Kentucky Republican and his campaign strategizing about how to attack potential challenger actress Ashley Judd, including using Judd’s past struggles with depression. The recording was surfaced by Mother Jones Tuesday.
“According to an audio tape of a meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his official and campaign staff, Senator McConnell is using taxpayer-funded legislative aides to do opposition research for his reelection campaign and is insulting millions of Americans who suffer from depression,” a press release from the DSCC read.
“Mitch McConnell is desperate to play the victim. The DSCC doesn’t know if this tape came from a disgruntled Senate staffer who was forced to dig up dirt on their boss’ potential opponents or another source, but its content is a clear example of how Mitch McConnell is the living, breathing embodiment of everything that is wrong with Washington,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecile said in a statement. “It is beneath the office of Minority Leader to engage in this kind of trivial politics. He should apologize to the millions of Americans who suffer from depression and don’t believe it’s a laughing matter.”