(CNN) - It would be the latest strange twist in the story involving actress Ashley Judd, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and a secretly recorded tape of a campaign strategy session.
But the local Democratic official who a Kentucky newspaper reported Saturday would recant at least some of his story tells CNN that the report is not true.
(CNN) – An official with a local Democratic Party group alleged Thursday a Kentucky-based liberal organization was responsible for the secretly recorded tapes of Sen. Mitch McConnell plotting campaign strategy.
Jacob Conway, an executive committee member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party, told CNN that members of Progress Kentucky admitted to him in February they made the recording. That's the same group behind offensive tweets posted last month targeting McConnell's wife.
(CNN) – One of the questions to emerge from that secret recording of a Mitch McConnell campaign strategy session is whether it proves the Senate Minority Leader is caught on tape misusing his congressional staff.
The DC-based watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and Washington has asked the FBI to investigate.
(CNN) – Calling the surreptitious recording of a strategy session "Gestapo kind of scare tactics," Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign chief said Wednesday the FBI was continuing their investigation of the audio tapes at the Senate GOP leader's campaign offices.
"The FBI is taking this very seriously," McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton said on Mike Huckabee's radio show. "They were at our office for about an hour today. They tell us that they're running down some leads."
(CNN) - It would have been one of the most interesting races of the 2014 midterm cycle: Actress Ashley Judd challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky for the seat he has held for nearly three decades.
But Judd decided not to launch a campaign for the Democratic nomination, and her top adviser explained why on Monday: sabotage.
(CNN) – Actress and Democrat Ashley Judd, who was openly considering challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014, announced Wednesday she was "currently unable" to run for public office.
"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd wrote on Twitter.
(CNN) – The election is still more than a year away, but Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign coffers got a boost Monday when fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio helped rake in more than $230,000 at a fundraiser in Kentucky.
At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who's become somewhat of a political celebrity after his nearly 13-hour filibuster last week, took the opportunity to critique his own party Thursday while speaking before a large crowd of conservatives.
"The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered," the Kentucky senator said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I don't think we need to name any names, do we? Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere."
(CNN) – Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is using her husband Mitch McConnell's first 2014 re-election TV commercial to push back against a recent attack on her ethnicity.
In the ad, released Wednesday by the Senate minority leader's campaign, Chao looks into the camera and says "you've seen the ads attacking my husband. As Mitch McConnell's wife, I've come to expect them. Now, far left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch's patriotism because he's married to me. That's how low some people will stoop."
(CNN) – It's only March of 2013, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going up with the first TV commercial of his 2014 re-election bid.
The Kentucky Republican's campaign confirms to CNN that they'll begin running a television spot starting Thursday. The campaign characterizes the spot as positive and that it will have "a female focus to it." The campaign says they're spending six-figures to run the commercial for a week in the Louisville and Lexington markets, which cover most of Kentucky.