McConnell to launch first TV ad Thursday featuring Elaine Chao responding to 'personal attacks'

03/13/2013 05:36 AM

Still without a top-flight challenger, Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell nonetheless is making a six-figure ad buy to air his 2014 campaign’s first ad starting Thursday.

The spot features McConnell’s wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. While Chao refers to commercials from progressive groups that have criticized McConnell, she mostly focuses on racist tweets from the group Progress Kentucky, which Phillip M. Bailey of WFPL first reported last month . Progress Kentucky ultimately apologized for the tweets that implied Chao, who was born in Taiwan, was influencing jobs moving to China.

“Now far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity — even attacking Mitch’s patriotism because he’s married to me,” Chao says in the 30-second spot.

The campaign rolled out the ad online first and notified supporters of it through a email from campaign manager Jesse Benton shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The ad is scheduled to air in Louisville and Lexington as well as online, Benton said.


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