Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his staff had a meeting on Feb. 2 to discuss ways to defeat possible Democratic challenger Ashley Judd if she were to run in 2014.
One of their attack methods would have been to go after Judd's “emotionally unbalanced” mental state, according to a secret audio recording (below) of the meeting obtained by Mother Jones.
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“McConnell and his aides considered assaulting Judd for her past struggles with depression and for her religious views,” reported Mother Jones.
“She’s clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced,” an unidentified McConnell staffer said. “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” (audio below).
The same staffer said in another clip: “She says Christianity gives a God like a man, presented and discussed exclusively with male imagery, which legitimizes and seals male power, the intention to dominate even if that intention is nowhere visible” (audio below).
“I think too she's clearly sort of anti-sort-of-traditional American family. I think Jesse tracked this down. She described having children as selfish, and she thinks it's unconscionable to breed … She also is critical of, of fathers giving away their daughters in marriage ceremonies. She says it's a common vestige of male dominion over a women's reproductive status when her father gives her away at a wedding” (audio below).
Last month, Judd announced that she would not run against Sen. McConnell for Kentucky’s Senate seat.
Judd told Glamour magazine in 2006 that she had spent 47 days in a treatment facility for “co-dependence in my relationships; depression; blaming, raging, numbing, denying and minimizing my feelings. I needed help. I was in so much pain.”
Judd said that her childhood was in “complete and total chaos that was in such a state of disarray and dysfunction that I became a hyper-vigilant child, doing the best I could to raise myself under extraordinarily unpredictable and unsafe circumstances.”
McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton told CNN that they have called for an FBI investigation of the recording and said, “We’ve always said the Left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond.”