The Chatter: Democrat in McConnell taping saga asks for help with lawyer bills and more

04/15/2013 05:04 PM

One of the two Democrats implicated in the recording of a strategy meeting of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is asking people to donate to help pay legal fees.

Curtis Morrison, former member of the Democratic Super PAC Progress Kentucky, has started a legal defense fund setting a goal of $10,000 to pay legal fees. Morrison says he is cooperating in the FBI investigation looking into how the tape was obtained.

The website , created by Morrison Monday through gofundme.com, gives a description of the recording of the strategy meeting and asks for donations to help with legal fees.

Morrison says on the page:

I have been cooperating with the ongoing FBI investigation into how the recording was made. While my lawyer is charging a reasonable rate, I could use some help, and would be grateful for whatever you can pitch in.

If there’s any funds leftover, I humbly would like to use them for living expenses, food, finding a new apartment, etc.- until I can procure new employment, hopefully writing.

The page is listed under the category of “accidents and personal crisis” on the site.

Morrison has declined requests for media interviews, including with Pure Politics.

McConnell not feeling bipartisan?

Politico quoted Senate insiders who said the Republican Senate leader isn’t pushing for a bipartisan grand bargain because he’s tired of dealing with Majority Leader Harry Reid.

From John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman’s article:

Bad blood remains between party leaders and the national partisan realities haven’t changed. And while the leaders don’t get along, relationships among the other 98 senators will be tested when voting begins on the controversial gun and immigration measures — starting with this week’s expected vote on expanding background checks for firearms purchases. McConnell plans to pull out all the stops to block the bill, and GOP senators are blasting any immigration plan that they say smells of “amnesty.”

McConnell challenger releases campaign song
The first Democrat to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate next year released a song in lieu of a campaign ad.

“I’m a working class guy who wants to be a voice for those who are not being represented in Washington, D.C.,” Ed Marksberry, a Democrat from Owensboro, says as the song begins. “I hear you and I think its time we all stand and say ‘what about us?’”

The song, titled “What About Us?”, lasts close to 5 minutes and is a combination of singing and Marksberry discussing issues like medicare, equality and gun rights.

Marksberry closes the song by saying “I’m Ed Marksberry and I’m running for U.S. Senate and I approve this message. Heck, I even wrote this song.”

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

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