Whoa! We're not sure how Mother Jones got these candid recordings of Mitch McConnell and his staff, but one thing is clear- they were NOT planning to fight fair against Ashley Judd!
The Double Jeopardy star, who was briefly considering running against the Kentucky Senator, was the target of what's called an "opposition research" meeting- basically, what used to be called digging up dirt and slinging mud!
In the recording, McConnell's staff reads excerpts from Ashley's memoir and listen to recordings of her speaking, trying to find every little thing she's ever done wrong they can use against her.
At one point, they listen to her talk about her religious views, in which she says:
"I still choose the God of my understanding as the God of my childhood. I have to expand my God concept from time to time, and you know particularly I enjoy native faith practices, and have a very nature-based God concept. I'd like to think I'm like St. Francis in that way. Brother Donkey, Sister Bird."
After this quote, they openly laugh and mock her, discussing how easy it will be to paint her as a loon — despite the fact she is referencing a classic parable about a Saint's appreciation of the natural world!
Pretty nasty stuff! The way we see it, everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs so long as they don't try to use them to hurt or subjugate others!
Well, it seems like Mr. McConnell and his staff see it another way if it means gaining a political edge!
[Image via Carrie Devorah/Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]
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