Elaine Chao, a former labor secretary and the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is hitting back in a new ad after a super PAC invoked her Chinese heritage in attacks on Mr. McConnell last month.
“You’ve seen the ads attacking my husband,” Ms. Chao says in the 30-second ad. “As Mitch McConnell’s wife, I’ve learned to expect them. Now, far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch’s patriotism, because he’s married to me.”
The group Progress Kentucky tweeted last month about the racial descent of Ms. Chao, who was born in Taiwan but eventually removed the comments after public outcries from people that included actress Ashley Judd, who is weighing a bid against the Kentucky Republican.
“That’s how low some people will stoop,” Ms. Chao continues. “Mitch works his heart out to protect Kentucky from Washington’s bad ideas because Mitch loves Kentucky. We love Kentucky. The meanest personal attacks can never change that.”
The television spot will be accompanied by a radio ad and the buy runs into the six figures, the AP reported.