#NewTone: Liberal super PAC using ethnicity-based attacks on McConnell’s “Chinese” wife

Posted by: ST on February 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Despicable.   Via Lousiville’s WFPL news radio:

A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife.

For months, the liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky has attacked McConnell and held demonstrations at his offices and home.

Recently, the group turned its attention to McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, with a focus on her race.

In a Feb. 14 Twitter message, Progress says: “This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!”

The Tweet links to a website run by conspiracy theorist and radio host Jeff Rense, alleging Chao, who was born in Taiwan, discriminated against American workers during her tenure.

Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison says the group’s leaders do not review every Tweet and initially denied any had mentioned Chao superficially. But he later told WFPL that a group volunteer had sent out the messages targeting the former secretary.

“It’s not an official statement. It’s a Tweet. And we will remove it if it’s wrong,” he says. “I follow Ashley Judd on Twitter and she removed a Tweet the other day, she Tweeted to you Phillip. People make mistakes in Tweets. It happens. Inferring that Elaine Chao is not a U.S. citizen was not our intention.”

Other messages from Progress’s social networking account about Chao have run for the past several days, saying her “Chinese (money)” is buying state elections. According to campaign finance records, members of Chao’s family donated $80,000 to the Kentucky GOP last year.

The super PAC has also posted vocal support of their criticism, one of which said “not many know McConnell’s wife is Chinese.”


In years past, opponents have questioned McConnell’s relationship with his father-in-law, James Chao, who owns Foremost Maritime Corp., a New York-based shipping company. The business has trade connections to China and Chao’s father has ties to its government.

Questioning his relationship with his father-in-law is one thing. Using his wife’s heritage to try and “prove a point”, on the other hand, is most definitely not.

Naturally, top Republicans have demanded an apology from Progress Kentucky and have called for Democrat leaders to denounce the attacks in the strongest of terms.  PK has said they will issue an apology to Chao later today and several leading Democrats at the state and national level have repudiated the PAC’s line of attack.  Even actress Ashley Judd, a potential opponent (seriously) for Senator McConnell in the 2014 Senate race, criticized the PAC without mentioning them by name:

Well, it sounds like the obligatory apologies and/or denunciations have been made, but the thing that should be the focus beyond this is how little national mainstream media attention this story has gotten. Had the parties been switched here and it was a Republican PAC making these types of attacks, we’d have wall to wall coverage, and non-stop “analysis” by MSDNC and other liberally slanted “news” outlets as to What It All Means for the future of the GOP. But it’s not, so state coverage is about the best we can get.

In a perfect world, the mainstream press would be consistent but ….. oh well.

Related: Via Daily Caller – Ashley Judd’s biggest problem: Her history of bizarre comments

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4 Responses to “#NewTone: Liberal super PAC using ethnicity-based attacks on McConnell’s “Chinese” wife”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Francis Bacon once said, “No terms of moderation takes place with the vulgar.” This is the stock in trade of the commiecrats/left. Remember how Mitt Romney was construed to be a murderer or Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life”? Their comfort zone is the gutter in politics. The bigger problem is the “shock value” such peasant mannerisms have for the low-information (i.e. lowbrow) voters.

  2. Carlos says:

    She has ethnic ties to…the Taiwanese? Oh, the horror of it all, being tied to an ally!

    Nothing like having a Kenyan Muslim heritage and favoring any, literally ANY Muslim country over helping the only ally we have in the middle east, including favoring Iran over Israel.

    Obviously, in the case of the Republican senator, it’s a case of being willfully blind to all the inscrutable nefariousness of an Asian, while in the case of Dear Leader it’s a case of using diplomacy wisely. Hence all the support for “Arab Spring” is simply using his power wisely. And we all know how well THAT has worked out, don’t we?

  3. Nate says:

    It’s only racist when Republicans do it; after all, both words start with ‘r’.

  4. Tex says:

    My wife is Chinese (mainland China), an American citizen, and Republican voter. We know many such Chinese now living in this country. They are all conservative and support Republicans. Chinese people by nature are extremely conservative,especially those who came to this country and became naturalized citizens. And the Democrats know this as well. So I’m not surprised they would resort to such racism in their vilification of McConnell. They know they have little to lose insulting an ethnic group in this country that historically doesn’t support them anyway.

    But don’t expect to hear any criticism of their overt racism in the MSM, or from any of the so-called “diversity” champions on the Left.