April 10, 2013 08:00 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
Ashley Judd — former star of Who Do You Think You Are? and sister of recent Dancing With The Stars contestant Wynona — is once again at the center of a political scandal. A recently leaked video suggests that Mitch McConnell was planning on playing dirty in his Senate race against the actress turned politician.
Mitch McConnell has never been known as one to play nice in political campaigns, as has already been shown this year in a negative ad targeting actress and at the time potential Senate candidate Ashley Judd. But recently released tapes of campaign strategy sessions indicate that the Senator really was planning on going below the belt this time around. In addition to targeting the actress with the usual allegations of being on the side of President Obama and big government, Mitch McConnell’s camp was also planning on highlighting Judd’s past struggles with depression, making her out to be emotionally unstable and thus not up to the task of serving as Senator.
While most any issue is up for grabs during a political campaign, attacking a candidate’s mental health is not a widely approved of tactic. McConnell likely recognized this, but also felt that swift action needed to be taken in order to remove Judd from the race. During the strategy session, he used an interesting analogy: “I assume most of you have played the, the game Whac-A-Mole? This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign…when anybody sticks their head up, do them out.”
Of course, all this brings up the question of both legality and ethics related to the bugging of McConnell’s little Whac-A-Mole chat. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager compared the scandal to Watergate, explaining, “We’ve always said the Left would stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond.”
Who do you think is at fault? Mitch McConnell, for planning on attacking Ashley Judd’s past mental health issues? Or Mother Jones, for bugging McConnell’s campaign office? Sound off in the comments section below!
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