Morrison acknowledges role in McConnell recording


by Joe Arnold

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 12:39 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Activist Curtis Morrison acknowledged on Wednesday that he is aware of how a private meeting at Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign office was clandestinely recorded, and further suggested he was involved in the incident.

Morrison, named by Jefferson County Democratic Party Executive Committee member Jacob Conway as one of two Progress Kentucky members who bragged to him about making the recording, has not granted interviews since an FBI investigation into the recording began last week.  Yet, the former SuperPAC volunteer is commenting on Twitter.

On Monday, Morrison revealed he had cooperated with the FBI.  A statement accompanied his online launch of a legal defense fund.

"I heard about it and I heard he's not doing that well," said Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign manager.  "I certainly wish him the best."

"Heard I'm not doin' well?" Morrison tweeted to WHAS11's Joe Arnold on Wednesday morning.  "Assure Mr Benton I'm just fine & polling better than his boss."

Benton dismissed a response tweet that suggested the context of Benton's remark was the state of Morrison's defense fund.

"Let's be real," Morrison responded.  "Context was revelation that I struggle with depression, a @team_mitch whackamoleable offense."

The "Whac-a-mole" reference is related to what McConnell is heard saying on the recording, that now is the whack-a-mole period of the campaign, when potential candidates are taken out before they get started.

"I wish no ill on any other human being and was wishing him well in life," Benton countered when told of the Twitter exchange.

In response to a question whether a WHAS11 story accurately depicted the recording of the meeting, Morrison shared that he had not used an iPhone for almost one year.

So, WHAS11's Arnold asked, does that mean something else (not an iPhone) was used to record or someone else used an iPhone?

Morrison's briefest response was also the most illuminating.

"The former and not the latter," he wrote in the Tweet.

In other words, Morrison admits he knows how the recording was made and it wasn't by "someone else."

An attorney for Reilly, the Progress Kentucky Executive Director, has said that Reilly was inside the Watterson West office building when the meeting was recoded, but only as a witness to Morrison's activities.