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Mitch McConnell aides had strategy for Ashley Judd

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd’s past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his reelection bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

Mother Jones released a recording Tuesday along with an article about a meeting in which the aides discussed opposition research into potential Democratic challengers. Aides talked and laughed on the recording about Judd’s political positions, religious beliefs, and past bouts of depression.

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