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Democrats scramble after racially charged tweets against Mitch McConnell's wife

Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell
Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell
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According to a Saturday story, updated Monday, on WHAS TV in Louisville, Kentucky, state democrats are scrambling to distance themselves from a series of tweets offered by one of their own making a sly, racially charged comment against the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife and former labor secretary, is an Asian-American. McConnell is having a tough fight running for reelection for his Kentucky senate seat/

The slur was offered by a democratic activist named Kathy Groob, the founder of ElectWomen and an unsuccessful candidate for the Kentucky State Senate. In a serious of tweets, Groob taunted McConnell and Chao, stating that Chao is not from Kentucky and that “she is Asian.” The tweets have since been deleted, but not before they were copied and posted on a number of news sites.

Chao, besides being not from Kentucky and Asia, is the child of immigrant parents, having arrived from Taiwan at the age of eight, speaking no English. Besides being Secretary of Labor, she was also Director of the Peace Corps, president and CEO of the United Way, and held a number of other posts in the federal government and the private sector. She is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. She is currently a distinguished fellow of the Heritage Foundation.

This was not the first time the left launched a racially charged attack on Chao. Twitchy reported in February, 2013 that an organization called Progress Kentucky that suggested that McConnell was too close to China and to companies that outsource to that country because he is married to Chao. After the resulting firestorm, Progress Kentucky was obliged to delete the tweets and offer an apology to Chao. Then too Kentucky Democrats were obliged to distance themselves from the statements and to denounce it.