Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thieneman Produces Evidence That Mitch McConnell's Office Broke Federal Electioneering Laws

Chris Thieneman left the 3rd District Congressional race today, but not without playing a tape recording in which it appears that Larry Cox violated federal electioneering laws by conducting campaign activity from Mitch McConnell's government office:

He referred to a series of phone messages from a member of Senator Mitch McConnell's staff as evidence of the pressure.

Thieneman said, "They are so smart, they know how to send a message without saying anything."

He played part of a phone message he received.

"Chris, this is Larry Cox. It's 1:45 on Monday. Chris, give me a call as soon as you can at my office," the caller said in his message. "Obviously, I've got some concerns about this foolishness that went on."...

"I would really like to have a conversation with you, particularly before you have an interview with (W)HAS radio, and would be real grateful for a return call. I'm sitting right in my office," Cox went on to say in his message.

Unless Chris Thieneman's phone records show that Larry Cox has a new office and was not calling from Mitch McConnell's office, Thieneman may be on to something and federal electioneering laws could have been broken. Expect a major story from Joe Gerth, Ryan Alessi, Patrick Crowley, or Mark Hebert to break shortly. Major complaints could be filed, and we may not have heard that last of Chris Thieneman and Larry Forgy in this campaign cycle.