McConnell Aides Mock 'Unbalanced' Ashley Judd

Senator's team 'working with FBI' to probe recording

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2013 11:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – After making waves with Mitt Romney's "47%" speech, Mother Jones has released a new batch of secret tapes. The recordings reveal Mitch McConnell's team ridiculing former potential opponent Ashley Judd and suggesting her mental health could be a target. The McConnell team is not amused: It says it's "working with the FBI" to address the secret recording. A rep says a criminal probe is likely, Roll Call reports.

In the tapes, the meeting's leader says Judd is "emotionally unbalanced," referring to "suicidal tendencies" and a hospitalization for "a mental breakdown in the '90s." The team also points to her views on family and religion. "She's clearly, sort of, anti-sort-of-traditional American family" and "critical ... of traditional Christianity," the leader says. The group laughs at her reference to "Brother Donkey, Sister Bird" in a discussion of her religious beliefs. "That's my favorite line so far," says one person. They appear not to have been familiar with stories about St. Francis using those phrases, Mother Jones notes.

In this Nov. 1, 2008  file photo, actress Ashley Judd speaks at a Democratic get-out-the-vote rally in Louisville, Ky.
In this Nov. 1, 2008 file photo, actress Ashley Judd speaks at a Democratic get-out-the-vote rally in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon, File)
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