McConnell Demands FBI Investigation After Audio Reveals His Plan To Use Ashley Judd’s Depression
by DAVID BADASH on APRIL 9, 2013
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is demanding the FBI launch a wiretapping investigation after audio of McConnell discussion using Ashley Judd‘s depression as a campaign attack surfaced. And Mother Jones, who today published the audio and transcripts, updated their story to add:
McConnell’s campaign manager, released a statement responding to this story on Tuesday morning: “We’ve always said the Left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond.”
Judd had considered challenging McConnell for his Senate seat but recently announced she would not.
McConnell is considered vulnerable. In January, the Washington Post reported:
Only 17 percent of registered voters in Kentucky say they will vote for him in 2014, including only 34 percent of Republicans. Thirty-four percent of voters plan to oppose him, 44 percent want to see their other options, and 6 percent are not sure.
So the audio recordings, which Mother Jones details and explains why they are an excellent example of McConnell’s team’s ignorance, are revealing, not of Judd, but of the McConnell campaign.
“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced,” the McConnell aide decides. “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.”
The McConnell campaign also discussed using Judd’s religious views against her.
“She is critical…of traditional Christianity,” a McConnell aide says in this audio. “She sort of views it as sort of a vestige of patriarchy. She says Christianity gives a God like a man, presented and discussed exclusively with male imagery, which legitimizes and seals male power, the intention to dominate even if that intention is nowhere visible.”
The McConnell team also doesn’t care for their claims of Judd’s views of the American family.
“I think too she’s clearly sort of anti-sort-of-traditional American family. I think Jesse tracked this down. She described having children as selfish, and she thinks it’s unconscionable to breed…She also is critical of, of fathers giving away their daughters in marriage ceremonies. She says it’s a common vestige of male dominion over a women’s reproductive status when her father gives her away at a wedding.”
David Corn, the journalist ultimately responsible for publishing the infamous Mitt Romney 47 percent videos, published the above audio, and more, including transcripts, at Mother Jones.
Thank you to The New Civil Rights Movement for this article. Click on the New Civil Rights Movement for the video/audio.