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Judd chastises liberal Super PAC for 'race-baiting' tweet

Judd chastises liberal Super PAC for 'race-baiting' tweet

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Actress Ashley Judd is chastising a liberal Super PAC after it sent a Tweet referring to Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, the McConnell campaign said was "race-baiting."

"Attacks or comments on anyone's ethnicity are wrong & patently unacceptable," Judd said on her Twitter account, Tuesday afternoon.

"This woman has the ear of (McConnell)," the tweet read.  "She's his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!"

Progress Kentucky "strongly denies" the tweet is race-baiting.

"(McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse) Benton’s statements are an attempt to divert attention from the fact that Mitch McConnell has engaged in the selling of the American middle class overseas for decades,” said Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky.

“Dear Friends, we have a good history together, & it's time for a reminder about who we are, what we believe, & the standard we have,” Judd's first tweet read at 4:20pm.

Five minutes later, Judd elaborated.
“Whatever the intention, whatever the venue, whomever the person, attacks or comments on anyone's ethnicity are wrong & patently unacceptable,” Judd wrote.

"An incontrovertible spiritual truth: 'We cannot hurt another person without hurting ourselves.'" Judd added later.  "We have tweeted & talked about this before."

Judd's publicist, Cara Tripicchio, confirmed Judd's tweets are in reference to the Progress Kentucky tweet.

Progress Kentucky cites news reports that McConnell pushed for trade relations favorable to China after he and his father-in-law, James S.C. Chao, president of Foremost Maritime Corporation, met “privately with Chinese officials, including Jiang Zemin, then general secretary of the Communist Party of China."

The Super PAC also cites a Courier-Journal report that that eight members of the Chao’s family each gave $10,000 to the Kentucky Republican Party in the final weeks of 2012.

“When the Premier of China publicly thanks an industrialist for his role in developing Chinese industry, then that industrialist and his family contribute $80,000 to the Kentucky Republican Party,. it is fair to question whether McConnell is selling out the middle class of America,” Reilly said.