Kentucky Dems demand McConnell apologize for 'Golden Girls' quip
March 15th, 2013
05:51 PM ET
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Kentucky Dems demand McConnell apologize for 'Golden Girls' quip

(CNN) - Kentucky Democrats are labeling remarks made by Sen. Mitch McConnell at a conservative conference Friday "disgusting" and "way over the line," and demanding an apology from the Senate Republican leader.

The remarks came at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington. Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, McConnell quipped, "Don't tell me Democrats are the party of the future when their presidential ticket for 2016 is shaping up to look like a rerun of the 'Golden Girls.'"

He went on to cite three young Republicans -Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Paul Ryan – as rising starts within the GOP, concluding, "And the other guys? They've got Hillary and Joe Biden."

In an email to supporters, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon equated McConnell's remark about the "Golden Girls" to a personal attack on Clinton. "Golden Girls" was a television series about four older women living in Florida that ran from 1985 to 1992.

"I can't believe it, I have always admired Hillary Clinton for all she has done," Logsdon wrote in the email. "Not just for America, but for women worldwide. It's disgusting that Mitch McConnell would resort to these kind of petty attacks."

The email links to an online petition demanding an apology from McConnell.

During his speech Friday at CPAC, McConnell himself hit back at personal attacks directed at his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

A controversy was ignited last month by the liberal group Progress Kentucky, which drew a connection in a Tweet between Chao, who's Chinese-American, and the practice of outsourcing of jobs.

"This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress – she's his #wife," read the February 14 tweet from the group, referring to McConnell by his official Twitter account. "May explain why your job moved to #China!"

After strong criticism from McConnell's campaign, Kentucky Progress apologized to the senator and his wife.

McConnell hammered the group Friday.

"Don't tell me we're the party of intolerance when nearly two years before an election, some left-wing super PAC is sending out racist tweets about my wife for the supposed crime of being born in another country," McConnell said to applause.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Golden Girls, followed by Grumpy Old Men starring Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Chuck Grassley and John Boehner with guest star Saxby Chambliss.

    March 16, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. John

    Keep it up, Kentucky. You are hilarious!

    March 16, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Puddin

    Message to McConnell: "Thank you for NOT being my friend; Go down the road and don't come back again. Your heart is NOT true; You're NO pal NOR a confidante." Don't be using the name of my favorite show loosely, mister. I love that show; it's the last thing I watch before "lights out," and I go to sleep chuckling. (The Halmark channel 24). Love it, love it, love it!!!

    March 16, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Janice

    Keep on stepping in horse manure, Mr. McConnell. Each step leads you closer to the EXIT door out of the senate.

    March 16, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Pk duster

    I loved the golden girls show if the gop was half as smart as betty white may be the gop could think for them selves

    March 16, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. AEJ

    Hilliary Clinton is the GOP worst nightmare. She can easily "push-over" any of these "upcoming young GOP" – not-yet-ready-and-opportunist-idiots!!!!

    March 16, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Dennis Freeman

    Consider the source.

    March 16, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. patty fraser

    how old is Mitch McConnell if age is an issue for him maybe he should retire, way to go Repubs, so this time you insulted seniors by insulting men and women, Joe and Hilary. They insulted women by indicating Hilary is deficient because of age and insulted himself. Time to retire I guess. They just keep on keeping on they cannot keep their mean nasty streak under control no matter how hard they try to sell themselves as caring for the little guy.

    March 16, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Ted van Tol

    And that said by a man who should have moved 10 years ago to a elderllyhouse.
    I don't think Hillary will be on the ticket in 2016. Barack Obama can do a third time without any problem or doubt.

    March 16, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Patrick

    McConnell resents that the democrats have elder statesmen. And unfortunately, the fact that he said something that is both insulting and stupid in order to rile up his willfully ignorant base really isn't news.

    March 16, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. tammyk tammy

    Hillary is Golden and a Girl. With comments like this from McConnell after his fellow GOPers (I've forgotten their names already, but the sting of their comments live on to taint the GOP brand) statements about legitimate rape and God's little blessing bestowed by acts of rape, and it's no wonder women are increasingly repulsed and disgusted by the old white male insensitive backward thinking of the party of stupid. Intelligent women, both young and golden, will not be wearing an "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt in 2014 and 2016. Keep on with your attacks on 50+% of the population and see how far that takes you toward your goal of winning and election. You can keep the Stepford wives with the IWS T-shirts though, you earned them and we don't need them.

    March 16, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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