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December 18, 2014

Kentucky: McConnell Wife Elaine Chao Stars in His Campaign Ad

Former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, stars in a 30-second television spot released by the Kentucky Republican’s campaign.

In the spot set to air on Thursday, Chao pushes back against attack ads that have targeted her husband and references tweets from the liberal group Progress Kentucky about her Chinese ancestry.

“You’ve seen the ads attacking my husband. As Mitch McConnell’s wife, I’ve learned to expect them,” Chao says, with soft music in the background. “Now far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity. Even attacking Mitch’s patriotism, because he’s married to me. That’s how low some people will stoop.”

“Mitch works his heart out to protect Kentucky from Washington’s bad ideas because Mitch loves Kentucky — we love Kentucky. The meanest personal attacks will never change that,” she says.

The ad is backed by a low six-figure buy in the Louisville and Lexington media markets over a week. It will also be distributed online as well.

Updated 10:41 a.m.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter again disavowed last month’s attacks on Chao from Progress Kentucky. The local liberal group attacked Chao’s ethnicity on Twitter in relation to her husband’s campaign and, more than a week later, Progress Kentucky apologized.

“We strongly disagree with the tweet that Mitch McConnell is referencing in his new ad, but let’s be honest: Mitch McConnell is not a victim,” Canter said. “In fact, he is the reason for Washington’s dysfunction.”

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