Liberal group under fire from conservatives for tweet
February 26th, 2013
05:44 PM ET
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Liberal group under fire from conservatives for tweet

(CNN) - A liberal group in Kentucky is under fire from conservatives for a tweet it posted nearly two weeks ago which alludes to the race of Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife.

"This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress - she's his #wife," the February 14 tweet from Progress Kentucky reads, referencing the Kentucky Republican by his official twitter account. "May explain why your job moved to #China!"

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McConnell's wife is former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, the first female Asian-American to hold a Cabinet post.

The five-term senator is up for re-election in 2014. His campaign manager, Jesse Benton, blasted the group, which has been active on Twitter but has a blank website and has filed no Federal Election Commission reports since its founding document in mid-December.

"It is unconscionable that anyone would use blatant race-baiting for political gain," Benton said in a statement. "Progress Kentucky should be ashamed of themselves. We hope all Americans can agree that these disgusting tactics have no place in American politics as we try to bring people together to solve our difficult problems."

Progress Kentucky fired back that they had not engaged in race-baiting.

"Progress Kentucky strongly denies that the organization has engaged in any such thing," Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky, said in a statement. "Benton's statements are an attempt to divert attention from the fact that Mitch McConnell has engaged in the selling of the American middle class overseas for decades."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group committed to electing Republicans to Congress, fired off against the group as well.

"This is disgusting and must be condemned immediately by top Democrats across the board, including Jim Messina, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DSCC Chairman Bennet, and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel – not to mention Senator Schumer and Senator Reid," the statement from Brad Dayspring, the group's strategist, read.

Actress Ashley Judd has said she is considering running on the Democratic ticket for the seat, and said in her own tweet on Tuesday: "Whatever the intention, whatever the venue, whomever the person, attacks or comments on anyone's ethnicity are wrong & patently unacceptable."

The tweet remained on the group's page on Wednesday afternoon. When asked if the group planned to take down the post, Progress Kentucky's treasurer said he had no comment.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    How many of those "outraged" Republicans were "birthers"?

    February 26, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    disgusting, but not suprising from this group.

    whoever posted that tweet should be fired.

    February 26, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. b

    oh my! I'm shocked liberals are racists against their enemies. I thought they loved all minorities. but I guess they only love those whom obey their masters.

    February 26, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. logicnothuff

    So what would the media say if Tea Party was to stand outside Harry Reid's house and get in his face like these Bolsheviks do to McConnell and his family? I'd say they'd be doing 60 minute specials every week on Tea Party "threatening" this poor peaceloving Demoniac.

    February 26, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. J

    While bringing up ethnicity to make a point is wrong, having to make an apology for this pales in comparison to the apology that should be made to the American people by our politicians for sending American jobs to China, India, and any other low wage country. This has caused our rampant unemployment and brought our economy to its knees.

    Enough of the fake "crocodile tears" about your outrage about a person's ethnicity. Apologize for the real outrage!

    February 26, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. manycatsonekid

    The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of "race-baiting"?! Their entire flaking platform is based on hating the president based on his race!

    February 26, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. manycatsonekid

    Republicans whining about race baiting? Their entire sad platform is anchored by condemning every single thing the president does by sneaking race/social class into the mix.


    February 26, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The conservatives are trying to interject race into this statement. The fact is McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao was the most anti labor Secretary of Labor in history, and was responsible for helping the Bush administration ship thousands of jobs overseas in an attempt to break labor unions. The conservatives have no defense here, so they are trying to cover their tracks by playing the race card!

    February 26, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Secret squirrel

    Someone actually married Mitch, Brother Jay says........"Yuck"!

    February 27, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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