Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A camera from a Republican opposition research firm was rolling when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid entered the D.C. fundraiser for Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Someone inside was also rolling.
The secret recording published by Politico bolsters a key talking point of the McConnell campaign: that a vote for Grimes is a vote for Reid and the Obama administration agenda in the democratic senate.
Grimes indicated to donors that she and Reid are in regular contact.
But it's what Grimes did not say at the fundraiser which has gotten the most attention.
Before the event, her campaign said she would share stories of how Kentuckians are hurting from EPA policies aimed at cutting the use of coal and demand investments in clean coal technology.
But during her remarks, Grimes doesn't even said the words 'coal' or 'EPA'.
Her campaign explains that Grimes did have strong words for Reid about those issues, but Republicans point out inconsistencies in Grimes' timeline of any conversations between the two of them.
As it is, expect clips from the fundraiser to be used in attack ads against Grimes in the coming months