(CNN) – The man responsible for recording a campaign strategy session of Sen. Mitch McConnell's wrote Friday his personal life "hit a wall" after he secretly made the tapes.
Nonetheless, Curtis Morrison, in an essay on Salon.com, wrote he would record the Senate Republican leader again if given the chance.
"I believe all opportunities come with risk, and knowing them in advance allows you to accept the consequences," Morrison wrote. "So I took a risk on Groundhog Day. I stuck my head up to try to raise the general public's awareness about what the most powerful Republican on the planet is really like. If I get whacked in the process, so be it."
In the February recordings, which appeared in April on the website of the liberal magazine Mother Jones, political operatives huddling at the senator's campaign headquarters in Kentucky are heard discussing potentially attacking potential Democratic rival Ashley Judd's mental health, as well as her left-leaning politics.
Judd, an actress, decided against making a bid against McConnell in March.
Morrison is a political activist who was associated with Progress Kentucky.
Morrison said he got a tip that McConnell's team was planning to open a campaign office in Kentucky, and when he arrived with a fellow liberal activist, he heard McConnell's voice coming from a conference room in the building.
"I was sweating. My heart was racing. I tried to record backup audio on my phone, but my cheap replacement phone would only let me record voice memos of one minute in length," Morrison wrote. "Every time the minute was up, the phone would beep, which was excruciating for the person crouching by a door vent. When a gentleman walked out of the campaign headquarters and into the hall, I put my Flip and phone back in my pocket, and headed to the elevator."
When he and his cohort realized what was on the tape, they debated releasing it to the media. His friend, Shawn Reilly, opposed sending the tape to Mother Jones.
"Our friendship ended in the wake of that disagreement," Morrison wrote. "I was renting a room from his sister-in-law at that time, and to avoid awkwardness, I put my stuff in storage and lived mostly in my Jeep."
After the tapes were released, McConnell's campaign immediately went on offense, turning a potentially damaging political story into a story about a criminal investigation into how the recording was obtained.
Morrison wrote Friday that charges against him are set to go before a grand jury next week. He's set up a legal defense fund to help pay his bills -and is linked at the end of his article.
But losing his friend, home, and potentially his freedom hasn't made Morrison regret his decision to record McConnell.
"I hope people will see that McConnell is not what he purports to be," he said. "He wants you to think he is sound and moral, but he is neither. He wants you to think he's a statesman and a leader, but he is a moral coward. If given another chance to record him, I'd do it again."