A new audio tape is making waves in the world of Kentucky politics, and there are two controversies, what's said on the tape, and who taped it.
It's Senator Mitch McConnell and his political aides talking about attack strategies against potential political opponents Ashley Judd and Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The liberal website MotherJones.com has released the tape.
A transcript of the the tape, which was recorded at McConnell's headquarters in Louisville back in February was acquired from a source who has remained anonymous.
In the tape, Senator McConnell starts by saying quote, "I assume most of you have played the game Whac-A-Mole? This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign, when anybody sticks their head up, do them out."
The rest of the tape is from aides to McConnell who present research on how to attack Judd and Lundegran Grimes.
Initially they talk of political issues, but then get personal, attacking =Judd who was quoted in her autobiography as having sever depression.
An aide was quoted saying, "She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."
It was the same when the topic turned to Lunderan-Grimes, who the aides claim is almost narcissistic.
"She definitely has a very sort of self-centered, sort of egotistical aspect. and Josh, this is just one of many that we put together. But she's very sort of a, sort of it's all about her, the theme that I would call this. and this is sort of an example about this. She uses her, like in speeches, she'll frequently use herself in the third person," said the aide.
The McConnell camp is outraged that the tape was released and is asking for the FBI to investigate.
Meanwhile Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon released a statement on Tuesday saying quote, I certainly do not know anything about how this may have happened. however, it's clear that this is the McConnell we all know, leading a negative, nasty campaign determined to lash out at his opponents since he doesn't have any accomplishments to point to."
A spokesperson for Judd also released a statement saying quote, "This is yet another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington D.C. It's common for political campaigns to plot their offensives against potential challengers."
You can read and hear the full version of the tape on MotherJones.com by clicking on the link below.