Before secretly taping a conversation between Senator Mitch McConnell and his aides, Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly had a meeting at the White House. He was also a delegate at the Democratic National Convention last year. So much for the excuse that he’s just some bumbling nobody with no real political connections.
According to White House visitor log records, Obama’s chief fundraiser Matthew Barzun was among those in attendance at the Dec. 5 White House meeting that also included Shawn Reilly, the Kentucky politico who is accused of secretly bugging a campaign meeting held by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Longtime journalist and Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board member Keith Runyon was also there.
These facts, along with other emerging details, further undermine the narrative that Reilly and his colleagues were nothing more than quixotic rogues who got out over their skis.
Following the leak of sensitive audio from a private campaign meeting, Sen. Mitch McConnell decried the left’s “Nixonian” tactics — a line that might have been prescient. Just as Nixon’s team tried to dismiss Watergate as a ”third-rate burglary,” liberals sought to cast Reilly’s group, Progress Kentucky, as “the PAC that couldn’t shoot straight.”
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Washington Post to investigate this, and there’s plenty to investigate. Be sure to read the whole thing.