McConnell calls exposure of his dirty campaign plans ‘Nixonian’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (AP)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (AP)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky politician known for his own dirty tricks, is accusing liberal news site Mother Jones of using “Nixonian” moves in exposing his plans to get nasty with anyone who dares run against him in 2014.

The web site has published an audio tape that reveals McConnell’s campaign operatives discussing using what they called “odd” religious beliefs and a purported history of depression of potential opponent Ashley Judd if she ran against him.

Judd, citing “family obligations” said last month she would not run and those close to her told Capitol Hill Blue that she had been told that McConnell would get “down and dirty” if she ran.

Now McConnell is claiming all kinds of conspiracies against him.

“Last month they were attacking my wife’s ethnicity, and then apparently unbeknownst to us at the time they were bugging our headquarters, a quite Nixonian move,” McConnell said at a Capitol Hill Press conference Tuesday.  “This is what you get from the political left in America these days.”

McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton claims the office is now working with the FBI to investigate what he calls a secret taping by Mother Jones.

“Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell’s campaign office without consent,” Benton claims.  “By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation.”

Benton then one to send out a fundraising email, using the claims to try and raise campaign cash.

“Liberals and they media allies have hit a new low in their smears against out campaign, wiretapping our field office to spy on us,” Benton said in the email.  “I need your help to fight back against these illegal and underhanded tactics.”

Capitol Hill Blue has learned that the tape actually came from a McConnell staff member who is upset over what that staff member thinks was the campaign’s attempts to smear Judd in a sleazy way.

Mother Jones gave McConnell’s office a chance to comment on the tape before it was published but the Senator’s people did not respond.  Likewise, a call from this web site to McConnell for comment was not returned.

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7 Responses to "McConnell calls exposure of his dirty campaign plans ‘Nixonian’"

  1. SDRSr  April 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hmmmm, well lets look at this from another angle. Maybe it was McConnell’s own campaign that bugged the office with the express intent of releasing the tape, then claim that the left is using dirty tricks to sink him.

    Would not be the first time dirty tricks were part of a political campaign, even if they are self inflicted.

  2. Joe  April 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    So…Mitch and his henchmen are sitting around discussing how to RatF**k his possible opponent in the most vicious and ugly way possible and he gets it done to him by one of his own chosen posse of RatF**kers. Sweeet! Karma is certainly real, in this case.

    Mitch…Please learn from Romney and the famous 47% episode: Be nice to the help and always tip the bartender.

  3. Jon  April 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Seems to me the only Nixonian thing they’re up to these days is getting caught at it.

    J.

    PS:
    “Benton then one to send out”
    ?

    J.

  4. Sandy Price  April 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Is there anyone here who can remember the impeachment of President Clinton? McConnell went into a dance of glee at every single comment that came out of Fox News. That whole group of Republicans came unglued over the cigar sex that was reported.

    I lost all respect for the Republican Party and their tactics of never trying for a truth in their remarks against “Bubba.”

    We are seeing another group of actions against any Democrat who dares to run in the next election. Keep an eye on Joe Scarborough who really wants to run too. He has taken to out shouting his guests much like Chris Matthews.

    The Republican party has scraped the bottom of the barrel for candidates, but not having an appealing agenda, they just might go for a popular television host.

    I watched the demise of the GOP start in 1988 when Bush 42 had no workable agenda. Perot gave him a good run but the voters found Perot to be more of a hillbilly than a political leader. They were wrong and Perot came in too late.

    We may end up with a two party fight; Secular and Christian. There is no other way to keep the religious right under some kind of control.

    I regret that so few have done their reading involving the Inquisitions out of the Vatican. I can relax knowing I will not live long enough to explain where the voters went wrong. My kids won’t stay in America under these conditions. They have bought property in other places.

    • Jon  April 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Wasn’t that what Virginia State Prosecutor Cucinelli was standing up in favour of laws against?

      J.

  5. Jon  April 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    To be equitable, one should point out that the Republican position on sex is, at least, consistent. They’re against anyone having any sex at all with anyone except themselves.

    J.

  6. Paul Obembe  April 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Aren’t you liberals just Hypocrites? You’re all for privacy rights all the way to the Federal Courts and all, except for your political opponents.

    Frankly, I have no doubt that all politicians, C.E.O’s, Sports Teams coaches, and such trash talk their opponents privately, what counts is What they decide to do/say publicly after all the private talking.

    Didn’t Jackie Kennedy Trash talk/hate on Martin Luther King privately? You can Google it already.

    For you libs to sit here and display your insincerity while defending and/or glossing over what may indeed be a CRIME, it just goes to show the truth about what liberals are really like, as opposed to the do-gooders they pretend to be.

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