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Report: Liberal group Progress Kentucky behind McConnell taping Update: Corn “Can’t say much now.”
Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham

Posted on 04/11/2013 3:41:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Which is, well, kinda what Sen. Mitch McConnell said yesterday. These are the same guys who sent out racist tweets about McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, and her Chinese heritage.

Local news in Kentucky is reporting, via a Democratic official, that Progress Kentucky is behind the secret tapes published by Mother Jones this week, which revealed McConnell operatives in the act of…running a campaign. The story immediately went viral in political circles, not so much for the videos’ content as for McConnell’s pushback. The Republican senator quickly went on offense, decrying the left’s “Nixonian-style” tactics, and turning the non-story of the videos into a headache for local Democrats. Which is why they’re now turning on each other to avoid blame:

A secret recording of a campaign strategy session between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

Mother Jones Magazine released the tape this week. The meeting itself took place on Feb. 2.

Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, says that day, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded the meeting.

Conway says neither the local nor the state Democratic party had any part in the incident......

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TOPICS: Kentucky; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: curtismorrison; davidcorn; democrats; douglasldavis; elainechao; evil; evilpinkos; fbi; georgesoros; jacobconway; jeffersoncounty; kentucky; mcconnell; mcconnellbugging; mitchmcconnell; motherjones; nbc; npr; pinkos; progresskentucky; racism; shawnreilly; wiretapping
Sure they didn't.
1 posted on 04/11/2013 3:41:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How dare McConnell actually plan TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST A KNOWN DEMOCRAT!!! and USE JUDD’S OWN WORDS AGAINST HER!!!! HOW DARE HE!!! (snicker)

2 posted on 04/11/2013 3:52:48 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rats have crossed the Nixon line.......

Wonder if media will hold them to same standard

3 posted on 04/11/2013 3:54:35 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: driftless2

Motherf^#@&er Jones thinks it is horrible for Boosh to have surveillance on persons communicating with KNOWN members of Al Qaida but is perfectly willing to use illegal tapes obtained by David Corn to sabotage GOP campaigns.

Liberals are decidedly PRO-Islamic Terrorist and Anti-American. Prove me wrong.

4 posted on 04/11/2013 3:56:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
McConnell "quickly went on offense, decrying the left’s 'Nixonian-style' tactics."

Maybe McConnell can answer my four-decade-old question.. "What the hell did Nixon do that JFK and LBJ did not also do?"

.. and maybe the MSM can explain why Watergate was the crime of the century and they label this illegal bugging "audio gold".

5 posted on 04/11/2013 3:59:50 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


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6 posted on 04/11/2013 4:02:39 PM PDT by Hardraade ( (Vendetta))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This could just be the tip of the iceberg re: Shawn Reilly, one of the "Democratic operatives" involved in the illegal recording.

Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…

April 11th, 2013

This is the first installment in a multi-part series exploring the public career of Democratic Party operative Shawn Reilly who has found his way into the center of a number of scandals surrounding his Super PAC, Progress Kentucky. What began as an investigation into an insensitive tweet attacking the racial heritage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife – and the potential role the folks behind that Twitter account might have played in the secret audio recording made in McConnell’s campaign office – has turned into something far more dark than the usual story of a political operative run amok.

. . .

In October 2003, Louisville was shaken to its core when 20-year-old Zachary Scarpellini was gunned down outside his Highlands apartment. The tony and quiet neighborhood of victorian mansions – home to residents like Ambassador Matthew Barzun and prominent businessman-turned-politician Bruce Lunsford – was rattled awake by gunfire, left terrified and in shock over such a violent crime.

The only witness at the scene other than the alleged gunman was Scarpellini’s roommate, Shawn Reilly, now Executive Director of Progress Kentucky. Reilly’s claim at the time of the crime was that he and Scarpellini were merely following someone they thought was breaking into cars. According to a report in the Bellarmine University (where Scarpellini was a student) newspaper, The Concord, investigators believed the shooting was random and the victim did not know his killer.

It would take years for the full story to unfold but local media were at the time focused like lasers.


Police: Man Shot Dead After Confronting Break-In Suspect

Victim, Friend Thought Shooter Was Breaking Into Cars

A man reportedly trying to stop another man from breaking into vehicles was shot dead over the weekend, police said.

Zachary Scarpellini, 20, was shot several times on Longest Avenue in the Highlands early Sunday morning, WLKY NewsChannel 32 reported.

According to investigators, Scarpellini and a friend were following a man who they believed was breaking into vehicles when a argument ensued. That’s when the suspect reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim. Scarpellini collapsed and died a short distance away on Cherokee Road.

Lexington Herald-Leader:


A Jefferson County man was shot to death early Sunday after confronting a man he thought was breaking into vehicles near his home, Louisville Metro Police said. Zachary Scarpellini, 20, died from a gunshot wound to his chest, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said. However, the victim had been shot multiple times, Wesley said.


When the victim and his friend confronted the man, he shot Scarpellini several times and fled. His friend was not injured, Smiley said. The confrontation occurred about 1:30 a.m.

The ensuring death investigation dragged on for months, leading to a press conference held by the Scarpellini Family on Zachary’s birthday in March 2004. The family, distraught in their grief, offered a cash reward for information.

From WAVE3/Associated Press – March 27, 2004:

Parents Of Man Shot To Death In Louisville Offer Reward

The parents of a college student who was shot to death last fall announced a $10,000 reward in the case on what would have been their son’s 21st birthday.

The case has gone unsolved since Zachary Scarpellini was killed Oct. 12, and Al and Denise Scarpellini made a plea Friday for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“Somebody has to know something,” Al Scarpellini said at a news conference. “These crimes don’t happen in a vacuum.”

After nearly two years of investigating, the family/estate of Scarpellini named Reilly in a civil complaint. The allegation was that Reilly and others had information about the murder that wasn’t being shared with police. This was filed in November 2005:

An excerpt:

3. That on or about October 12, 2003, the Plaintiff’s decedent was killed and/or murdered by the criminal use of a firearm by unknown Defendant(s) at or near the intersection of Cherokee Road and Longest Avenue, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

4. That the Plaintiff is of the opinion that the Defendant(s), Shawn Reilly, may have conspired with the unknown Defendant(s) to commit said act, or willfully aided, and/or abetted, in the commission of the act involving the use of a firearm, all deemed unlawful by virtue of KRS 411.155.

5. That on or about October 12, 2003, the negligent, careless, and/or intended conduct of the Defendant, Shawn Reilly, was a substantial factor in causing or bringing about the death of Plaintiff’s decedent.

6. That if the above allegations be proven true, then the Plaintiff states that the Defendant, Shawn Reilly, and the unknown Defendant(s) acted with such intentional malice and/or extreme and reckless conduct and/or indifference for the safety of Plaintiff’s decedent at all times material herein, that the Defendant, Shawn Reilly, and unknown Defendant(s) are liable for punitive damages.

Reilly, who says he moved to South Carolina after the murder to attend school, either did not respond to the lawsuit or was unable to be located. That led to a request for a Special Bailiff to serve him with the complaint. According to the affidavit, Reilly was believed to have had information law enforcement needed and was allegedly working to evade questions.

An excerpt:

Comes now the affiant, who after being duly sworn states that he/she is the Plaintiff’s attorney in the above styled action. Affiant further states that they believe that process of this action cannot be executed unless a Special Bailiff is appointed due to one or more of the following reasons:

[X] Defendant has prior knowledge of this action and it is believed that they have evaded or will evade service by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

[X] The exact address of the Defendant is unknown and service will prove difficult.

[X] The Defendant has evaded service attempts through certified mail.

[X] The Defendant is in and out of the residence frequently and service will prove difficult.

A few weeks later, Reilly surfaced in Louisville on a Congressional campaign staff.

You won’t believe the rest.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Two of the story…

7 posted on 04/11/2013 4:11:27 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mother Jones also used the Illegal videotape of the Romney 47% comment. It seems Mother Jones’ David Corn has a penchant for associating with, if not being party to, Criminal Activities. The DOJ should convine a Grand Jury, and appoint a Special Prosecutor to see why these Demonicrat operatives and Mother Jones are attached at the hip.

8 posted on 04/11/2013 4:13:45 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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9 posted on 04/11/2013 4:15:58 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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I object to the term “Nixonian.” Obama has been guilty of far more egregious offenses than Nixon, including coverups, and would have been out on his rear by now if the press had been half as zealous as they were in hounding Nixon out of office.

10 posted on 04/11/2013 4:16:38 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm curious. If Jacob Conway knew on February 2 that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison had illegally taped Mitch McConnell and his staff, why didn't he immediately report it? Why did he wait until now to say anything about it?

Sure he wants to distance himself and the Democrat Party from this illegal activity now. Why not right when it happened?

11 posted on 04/11/2013 4:30:33 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He should quit jawin about it and start demanding arrests.

12 posted on 04/11/2013 4:31:39 PM PDT by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Kaslin; jazusamo; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

13 posted on 04/11/2013 7:28:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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