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KY Senator says rival secretly taped her

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM

From a 2008 U.S. Senate debate ending with one candidate in possession of a tape recorder from the other's campaign, to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2009 being secretly taped with incriminating comments posted on YouTube, to nearly every campaign hiring trackers with video cameras to follow opponents on the campaign trail, audio and video tape recorders have played an increased role in Kentucky politics, lately.

Now, as the Lexington Herald Leader's Jack Brammer reports, State Senator Robin Webb (D-Grayson) alleges that her Republican opponent, Dr. Jack Ditty and another physician secretly videotaped her during a meeting in her capitol office.

(Dr. Henry) Goodman said Thursday he taped the meeting without Ditty's knowledge "to make sure Sen. Webb's comments about one of her bills were consistent with what she had been saying."


Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond, said he does not believe Ditty and Goodman.

"They went to Sen. Webb's office under the guise that they were on legislative business to talk about a bill and she, as Dr. Ditty's senator, showed him the professional courtesy to meet with him and that wasn't at all why they were here."

Worley said the two men "secretly tried to record her to see if they could get her to make an awkward statement or pick her nose or do something inappropriate that they could use in a campaign commercial.

"That is how low they have stooped."