Waxing paranoid and displaying pathetic narcissism in the extreme, Curtis Morrison spilled his guts to Salon Magazine today. Morrison, readers may recall, is one of the Democrat operatives who, along with cohort Shawn Reilly, were identified by Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committeeman Jacob Conway as allegedly bragging about secretly recording a meeting of Kentucky's Senator Mitch McConnell's campaign staff, last Groundhog Day.
Both Reilly and Morrison are well-known (not to say, infamous) in Kentucky political circles for past bizarre behavior. Reilly's past involves such interesting items as accusations of his possible involvement in the murder of his roommate, and Morrison was one of the organizers of the Looney Tunes movement two years ago, known as Occupy Louisville.
In a blatant plea for notoriety, Morrison wrote a piece in today's Salon Magazine, entitled, "Why I secretly recorded Mitch McConnell: My effort to expose the Senate minority leader's ugly campaign upended my life." In this desultory melange of admissions, justifications, and pleas for understanding (and requests for money to pay his legal bills), Morrison confesses that he is responsible for the surreptitious recording of a private campaign strategy meeting at the political offices of Kentucky's senior senator, Republican Mitch McConnell.
Part of Morrison's motivation for penning this bit of self-aggrandizing drivel seems to be the fact that his little escapade is being presented to a federal grand jury next week, and the likelihood of his indictment for a felony appears to be as close to a Sure Thing as one can find here in Derby City.
In a textbook example of psychological projection, Morrison writes: "Unlike Mitch McConnell, I will not paint myself as a victim." He then goes on to list the horrors visited upon him by his exposure as a sneaky bugger:
- In the days that following the audio leak, I lost my friendship with Shawn.
- I lost my apartment.
- I lost my job and my career path.
- My editor at Insider Louisville not only fired me, but he wrote an essay about me.
- Nothing stung like hearing (Kentucky 3rd Dist. Congressman John) Yarmuth brush me aside.
- My personal life hit a wall.
- I put my stuff in storage and lived mostly in my Jeep.
- Heavy-drinking days followed.
- Frankly, I had a good cry.
- I was so upset that all I could do is go for a long run.
- As I pounded away the stress and frustration of that moment, I had to wonder: Did I make a mistake?
Morrison provides the details of his and Shawn Reilly's nefarious and clandestine antics in the hallway, outside Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters, as they secretly recorded the senator and his staff discussing strategy for next year's election: "Walking down the hall of the second floor, I recognized McConnell’s voice. He was talking about Sen. Rand Paul’s strategic use of the Tea Party in procuring his 2010 election. The voices were coming from the other side of a nearby door, which had a window. I pulled out my Flip camera and started to record."
In an absolutely bizarre aside, Morrison quotes Sen. McConnell as saying, “As happens with increasing frequency these days the victimizer is now claiming the mantle of the victim. The one who deliberately abused the process now wants to manipulate to his advantage. That won’t wash.” What is incredible, is that Morrison obviously identifies in this quotation as the victim, rather than the victimizer.
Morrison, a 44 year-old erstwhile journalist, JCPS substitute teacher, failed political candidate and part-time real estate salesman, has now run away to California, where he says he plans to go to law school (the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville turned him down twice).
He concludes his ruminations with a string of ad hominem tu quoque arguments about the taping of White House conversations by FDR, JFK, and Richard Nixon; somehow implying that his motives should be compared to those of these national leaders. "When we open up governments, we bring in freedom. Helping the voting population better understand a political leader’s true priorities is a good thing. And hell yes, it’s ethical."
Morrison candidly admits that he could still be prosecuted for his crime. "And wouldn’t that be smart? Here we are — the sequester in full tilt, special-education teachers and air traffic controllers are being laid off, funding for medical research is being cut – and let’s funnel those savings into taking down that destitute guy with the Flip camera."
Getting all philosophical, Morrison writes: "I believe all opportunities come with risk, and knowing them in advance allows you to accept the consequences. So I took a risk on Groundhog Day. I stuck my head up to try to raise the general public’s awareness about what the most powerful Republican on the planet is really like. If I get whacked in the process, so be it... If given another chance to record him, I’d do it again."
Short of a signed confession, it is hard to imagine anything more useful for the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky to present to the federal grand jury than Curtis Morrison's little Salon article.
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