A Democrat operative and activist trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from his Kentucky Senate seat is backtracking badly — and trying to cover up — after a race-based attack on McConnell’s wife over the weekend.
And that wife is one of the most accomplished women in America of any ethnicity: Elaine Chao, who spent eight years as Labor secretary under President George W. Bush.
In a series of Twitter posts, the activist, Kathy Groob, slammed McConnell repeatedly for being married to an Asian woman, even though Groob herself launched an angry attack last year on another liberal, progressive Kentucky group that argued bizarrely that Chao’s ethnic background might explain why American companies are opening factories in China.
Groob has deleted the tweets after their explicitly racial content drew public scorn — including an attempt by the Kentucky Democratic Party to distance itself from the longtime activist.
But they’re still out there, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville. Check them out here.
And how about this appeal to the ultimate authority …
With all due respect to the Bluegrass State and Mitch McConnell, there’s plenty to know about a woman like Elaine Chao without knowing who her husband is.
The daughter of Taiwanese parents who arrived in the country at 8 years old speaking no English and has since served as Cabinet secretary, director of the Peace Corps, president and CEO of United Way and numerous other posts in finance and the federal government. In short, she’s exactly the kind of woman Dems despise: accomplished, successful and conservative.
A Democrat activist and “progressive” like Groob boils all that down into one word — Asian — she hopes will appeal to the basest instincts in American politics.
The kicker is, when Groob was called on the attack, she backtracked with an apology — also deleted — “for a poor choice of words,” according to WHAS.
A “poor choice of words” six times in a row?
Groob got plenty of blowback for the KKK-style attack, but this one sums it up pretty well.
That would cover it for Groob. But what does it say about the rest of the Democrat Party in Kentucky that an experienced operative would appeal to race in a campaign where the key is turning out the party’s most active voters?
Kathy Groob is just an example that dems can play the race card either way. They can be racist at the same time as accusing u of being one.
— Joe Geng (@stillhere63) August 4, 2014
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