Republicans work to link WattersonGate to Democrats

Republicans work to link WattersonGate to Democrats

Republicans work to link WattersonGate to Democrats

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 3:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- As Kentucky Democrats continue to distance themselves from the liberal SuperPAC connected to the secret recording of Republican Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters, Kentucky Republicans are eager to find any links between the two.

The latest?  The Buzzfeed website has posted a 2011 photo of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a potential challenger to McConnell, with Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly.
 
The Republican Party of Kentucky points out that Reilly had tweeted the photo, stating his support for Grimes during her run for Secretary of State.

“Due to recent reports, including a photograph that has surfaced, it has become clear that Secretary Grimes does in fact know Shawn Reilly," said Kelsey Cooper, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, in a statement.  "Not only has she declined to condemn Progress Kentucky’s dirty political tactics, but also has continued to remain silent regarding her connection to Mr. Reilly despite the growing evidence."

Cooper argues it is Grimes' "duty" to reveal any connection to Reilly, whose attorney has disclosed he is cooperating with the FBI.

Kentucky's top Democrats, Governor Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, have condemned the alleged "bugging" of McConnell's office including.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon has said he does not know about how the recording may have happened. 

Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Ryan said the party does not  condone the actions of Progress Kentucky and is not affiliated in anyway with the group.

Both Reilly and Morrison, however, entertained running for the Kentucky Senate as Democrats.  Reilly was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and participated in a discussion about the "fiscal cliff" at the White House in December shortly before Progress Kentucky escalated its Twitter offensive against McConnell.

Reilly later apologized for several racially charged tweets regarding McConnell's wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

 

*Due to a reporter error, an earlier version of this story referred to Buzzfeed as a conservative website

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