Dem Official: Maybe Only One Progress Kentucky Activist Told Me About McConnell Tape

April 13, 2013 8:26 a.m.

Kentucky Democratic official Jacob Conway appears to be changing his story. After initially claiming that two members of the liberal group Progress Kentucky bragged to him about recording a private meeting of Mitch McConnell campaign aides, he has now said it’s possible he spoke to only one of the activists about the tape. 

The Courier-Journal reported Saturday:

In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, said he is certain he talked with Curtis Morrison about the recording — but he may not have spoken with Shawn Reilly as he told members of the media Thursday.


“I had a lot of conversations with both of them during that time period, and maybe I was just confused, and maybe Shawn never said anything,” he said.

Reilly’s attorney had already refuted Conway’s version of events. In a press conference posted by the Courier-Journal, Reilly’s lawyer, Ted Shouse, said his client is innocent of criminal behavior and is “at most a witness to potential criminal activity.”

Conway told the paper that he reached out to Shouse to say his recollection of the events may be incorrect. 

In an interview with TPM earlier this week, Conway said the two Progress Kentucky operatives told him of the secret tape independently. He also said he wasn’t the only person who knew the group was behind the recording, which was first reported on by Mother Jones magazine earlier in the week. 

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