Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Wife Is Screwing Up His Re-election Campaign – Big Time (VIDEO)

“One has to wonder just where Sen. McConnell is with respect to this, and whether he supports his wife’s continued service on the board of this organization, one whose actions have already cost thousands of coal miners in Kentucky and elsewhere their jobs.”

“One has to wonder just where Sen. McConnell is with respect to this, and whether he supports his wife’s continued service on the board of this organization, one whose actions have already cost thousands of coal miners in Kentucky and elsewhere their jobs.”

Oh Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is having a very bad month. Every time McConnell gets his head above troubled waters, the little wife tries to help him but ends up pulling him under in the sea of chaos.

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McConnell is working on his sixth term in the Senate and his second wife, Elaine Chao, former Secretary of Labor for President George W. Bush. But there seems to be a problem…or two…or six:

  •  McConnell says that he is a “friend of coal.”
  • But Chao sits on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies which supports a “war on coal.” (This is former New York Mayor Bloomberg’s. organization)
  • McConnell is big on tobacco.
  • But Chao is advising Bloomberg which “backs a global battle against tobacco.”
  • McConnell vows he “will do everything in his power to defend the Second Amendment.
  • But Bloomberg is very anti-gun
  • McConnell fought a close election against ultra-conservative candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
  • But Bloomberg’s super PAC has spent more than $2 million against McConnell, including his nemesis in the Senate, Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
  • McConnell campaigned to “end violence against women.”
  • Chao appeared in an ad that “oversimplifies” McConnell’s efforts in this area.

So how do we know where McConnell stands? Is he for what he says, or does he silently agree with his outspoken wife? Cecil Roberts, Union Mine Workers Association (UMWA) union chief, released a statement, 

“One has to wonder just where Sen. McConnell is with respect to this, and whether he supports his wife’s continued service on the board of this organization, one whose actions have already cost thousands of coal miners in Kentucky and elsewhere their jobs.”

Coal mining holds the Kentucky economy from sinking lower than low. And spokesman for McConnell, Don Stewart, spoke to the issue of grants to anti-coal campaign,

“She played no role in the decision to grant them. Sen. McConnell has a longstanding, principled record of defending coal families and jobs. Decisions made by a board before Sec. Chao ever joined do not change that and as the Obama administration will tell you, he hasn’t let up an iota in his defense of Kentucky coal families and jobs.”

Chao seems to be fairly moderate, but she forgets to consider what would happen if the coal industry shut down. The jobs would go away, and the businesses that supported those workers would dry up. Roberts noted that Chao,

“Is of course free to take a position on whatever board … she chooses. But one would think that, as the spouse of a Kentucky politician, she would choose more carefully when it comes to taking a leadership role in an organization that had recently invested in the destruction of the American coal industry and the jobs of American coal miners.”

You can’t get more anti-coal than the Sierra Club. But what must McConnell think of his wife’s association with Beyond Coal (Bloomberg’s website) which associates with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal? According to the Bloomberg site,

“The coal industry has had a tight grip on U.S. energy policy for decades, with devastating consequences for both public health and our environment. A reliance on energy from coal is also keeping solar and wind energy out of the market, delaying the move toward cleaner energy sources.”

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’ Center for Politics spoke about the relationship between Bloomberg and Chao,  

“This is an automatic attack ad” against McConnell. It writes itself. … It undercuts his argument about being the champion for coal.”

Joseph Gershtenson who is a political scientist at Eastern Kentucky University said,

“I certainly don’t see it as a game-changer…She’s one of multiple board members. … She has limited say.”

McDonnell’s run for senator is sliding around on the emotional slick that causes voters to vote one way or the other. In this emotional game, Chao’s affiliations may have unlimited  emotional say.