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Sen. McConnell to appear in Louisville; controversy over recorded meeting continues

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is in Louisville for a Right to Life event tonight, on the heels of a firestorm of controversy surrounding the secret office recording leaked earlier this week.

Local Democrat Jacob Conway said yesterday that two men affiliated with the group Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, bragged to him about secretly recording a private McConnell campaign meeting back in February.

Conway tells WDRB News the only reason he said anything was because he was asked a question and gave an honest answer.  He said he wasn't acting on behalf of the Democratic Party.

We received a press release from Shawn Reilly's attorney, one of the men accused.  It says Reilly, the founder of Progress Kentucky, is innocent of any wrongdoing and is cooperating with the FBI's investigation.  The group caused an earlier controversy with racially-based attacks on McConnell's wife.

WDRB talked to Kentucky's other U.S. Senator Rand Paul today, who said, "You know I was really kind of disgusted by the comments they made about Elaine Chao. Here's a very intelligent accomplished woman, Sen. McConnell's wife, and when they made those comments about her race I was really disgusted. And then I find out the same people were illegally bugging his office. It's a felony to do that. I hope someone goes to jail over it."

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