Mitch McConnell the Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Republican considered attacking the mental health of potential opponent actress and Democrat Ashley Judd. A secret tape of a campaign strategy meeting contains McConnell saying the current time is the Whac-a-Mole time, which he said means if anyone sticks their head out, do them in.
McConnell aides weighed the merits of an attack on Judd over her religion, family values and mental health. Judd announced in March that she would not run against McConnell for a Senate seat in 2014.
One of McConnell’s male aides can be heard saying that Judd was clearly emotionally unbalanced. He continued by saying it was documented that she had suffered tendencies for suicide and had been hospitalized during the 1990s for 42 days because of a mental breakdown. The tape also says that they planned to say that Judd was against “traditional Christianity.”
The same strategy team for McConnell also weighed a possible attack against 34-year old Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes the secretary of state, who was thought to possibly be the Democrat’s nominee against McConnell.
An aide said the group had filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act through an independent third party in order to obtain any dirt on the possible challenger. The aide added that the only hit they had on Grimes was she endorsed the Democratic national platform for 2009.
The campaign for McConnell continued to say that Grimes’s could be attacked as a self-centered person or egotistical person.
Last year a recording was released of a Republican fundraiser for Mitt Romney in which the former governor of Massachusetts could be overheard saying how 47% of the people in the U.S. were dependent on the U.S. government. Romney later apologized for the remarks.