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Could Progress Kentucky Leader’s Past Arrests Shed Light On McConnell Audio Scandal?

April 18th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…

Click Here for Part Two: Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More

Click Here for Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky

Click Here for Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts

Click Here for Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past

Click Here for Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges

Click Here for Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information

Normally, underage drinking in Kentucky is commonplace and in our opinion no big deal. It’s typically part of youthful behavior on par with most modern European countries.

But Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly and his admitted involvement in the McConnell audio recording scandal is anything but normal or commonplace.

Which is why we were surprised to discover not one but two charges of underage drinking during our in-depth investigation into the background of McConnellGate’s key players.

On September 8, 2001 at 1:20 A.M. Reilly was cited by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for drinking beer in a public place in Lexington.


From the ABC officer’s report:

KRS.244.085(3) & KRS.222.202(2)

The above subject is 19 years old. The above subject was observed drinking a draught beer in a public place.

Beer was poured out.

Normally, that’d be no big deal.

On November 6, 2001 Reilly appeared before Fayette District Court Judge Pamela Goodwine to voluntarily waive the following rights:

  1. The right to employ and be represented by an attorney, or to request that an attorney be appointed to represent him
  2. The right to a jury trial, and to appeal a verdict of guilty; and;
  3. The right to remain silent, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, and to call witnesses on his behalf.

In waiving those rights, Shawn Reilly entered a plea of guilty to the charge(s) of “POSS ALCOHOL BY A MINOR/DRINKING IN PUBLIC.”

At that point, Reilly was accepted by the Fayette County Attorney’s Diversion Program with the understanding that if he didn’t complete the program, he would be subject to serving up to twelve months in jail and/or paying a fine of up to $500. He was set to reappear in court for sentencing.

That appearance never came because Reilly skipped his court date for whatever reason. Judge Goodwine issued an arrest warrant for his failure to appear.

On February 7, 2003 Reilly was arrested in Louisville on that warrant. On February 8 he was arraigned, released on $226.90 bond and given a continued court appearance before Goodwine on February 17, 2003.

That was that.

Until we discovered an incident on September 13, 2002 at 12:45 A.M. when Reilly was involved in the now-infamous altercation at the Granville Inn in the Old Louisville neighborhood during which a gun was pulled on him.


From the police citation:

Ofc. rec’vd run on fight at 1601 S. 3rd St.

Upon arrival of ofc. observed above subj. yelling at another subj. in parking lot.

Subj. had strong odor of alcoholic beverage on breath, eyes dilated

Subj. stated he drank 3 beers in Granville Inn which he paid for.

Above subj. is under age. Subj. stated he used his UofL I.D. to get in bar (has no DOB info on it)

Again, we’d normally and purposefully overlook a single instance of underage drinking. But two incidents involving police in such a brief period of time is striking. Particularly when one of those incidents later came up during the investigation of Zachary Scarpellini’s murder.

Stay tuned for Part Nine later today.

UPDATE: Click here for Part 9.

Tags: Flashback · Investigation · Mitch McConnell · Senate

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Curtis Morrison // Apr 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Jake, I think you add great value to Kentucky by bringing to light that which is hidden.

    And due to what one might call our ‘kinship’ of values, I suspect that your focus on Jacob and Shawn might be in defense of me, perhaps in homage to our friendship? Maybe not, but if that’s the case, and I should have asked you earlier, give them a break and focus on the transcript/content of the actual recording. Thanks for your consideration.

  • 2 jake // Apr 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    No one in their right mind would ever think our coverage is in defense of you or the act for which you are accused by some.

    You’re also likely aware that there will be quite a bit of focus on you, as well.

    As for the recording… I couldn’t give a flip what Mitch McConnell says. Particularly because the content of the campaign conversation during that private meeting is not news. It’s what prominent Democrats have been telling me for months – it’s what those same Democrats used to force Ashley Judd out of the race. Democrats from groups like DCCC, DGA, labor, KDP, DNC and all those around Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    It is beyond disingenuous for these people to hype up the McConnell staffers’ remarks about Judd in light of their own terrible jokes about her therapy dogs and her battles with depression. For you to suggest otherwise does not shed a positive light on your character, in my opinion.

    You’d be better served to bite your tongue.

  • 3 Curtis Morrison // Apr 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    No doubt, many Kentucky Democrats disappoint us and we want to hold them to a higher standard, but for me, that doesn’t justify giving McConnell amnesty.
    Basically, you are playing Whack-A-Mole for Team Mitch.

  • 4 jake // Apr 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    What we’re doing is examining the very relevant background of the key players in this scandal. You’re one of them.

    Don’t put words into my mouth. To accuse me or anyone working with me of supporting McConnell in any way is almost as absurd as McConnell himself.

    If that’s really you commenting from an IP address in Southern California, you’re opening up a can of worms you’ll never get closed by commenting here.

  • 5 Conservative Kentuckian // Apr 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I wondered how long it would be before someone accused Jake of being in the tank for McConnell over this. Kinda the same way he was accused of carrying the Williams/Farmer water. How long before Robert Layton weighs in on this?

  • 6 jake // Apr 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Haha, yeah, I’m obviously in the tank for that man.

    Which must be way I abhor his politics, his hypocrisy and his behavior and end up writing about it nearly every day.

    You’re right, though, and I get your sarcasm. Democrats have an issue with attacking the messenger in Kentucky and going out of their way to blame others for their own wrongdoing.

    The way it goes: Democrats love to praise me when something comes out that’s not so great for Republicans. That’s usually when I hear rumblings of such-n-such group of people being friends of mine (they never are). When there’s a story that may be rough for Democrats? They get nasty, vindictive and go after anyone they can think of who may know me.

    When Adam Edelen’s campaign advertises, they’re excited. When a Republican candidate or cause advertises to take advantage of the eyeballs looking into this dark hole of political juice, they freak out.

    Really says a lot about the problems the Commonwealth faces – from the STILL HAPPENING pension disaster to brain drain. No wonder Kentucky can’t have nice things.