Whistle-blower in recording scandal sticks by story


by Karma Dickerson


Posted on April 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 13 at 12:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The whistle-blower at the center of the Mitch McConnell secret recording investigation is accused of changing his story.  However in an interview with WHAS 11 News, Jacob Conway stands by his  story.

Speaking at a Right to Life event in Louisville, Senator Mitch McConnell first addressed the elephant in the room.

“I assume the room is not being bugged,” McConnell joked.

Going to and from Friday's event, McConnell took great lengths to avoid reporters.
Since Tuesday he hasn't spoken publicly about the secret recording of his office not even to comment on the three men now linked to the scandal. Shawn Rielly and Curtis Morrison are accused of making the recording.  Jacob Conway says they confessed to him. 

“One of them was by the elevator and the other recorded it, was what was told to me,” Conway said.

Conway, of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, was the first to go on the record naming the alleged eavesdroppers who captured McConnell and strategists planning to discredit then potential opponent Ashley Judd by attacking her mental health, and religion.

“She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced,” says a voice on the Feb. 2 recording.

But Conway himself has quickly become the story.  In an interview Thursday with WFPL, and later with WHAS 11 News, Conway said that Morrison and Rielly were behind the recordings.

“They told me the day it happened. It was told to me by them, Mr. Rielly and Mr. Morrison,” said Conway on Thursday.

However, in an interview with The Courier Journal published Fridays evening, he's quoted as saying he only spoke to one of the accused.

"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," The Courier Journal writes.

But on April 12 WHAS11’s Karma Dickerson talked to Conway after The Courier Journal article was published. He says who says that article doesn't convey the point he was trying to make. He told me

"Anytime you have to replay what you thought at the time was an inconsequential event over and over again you start to even doubt yourself. But I stand by everything I originally said."

WFPL also re-interviewed Conway Friday, and he  re-affirmed his original story with them as well.

The Jefferson County Democratic Party sent a statement Friday saying they are not affiliated with the accused eavesdroppers. They also say while Jacob Conway is a member of their executive committee, he is not speaking on behalf of the party in this matter.