After 'she is Asian' tweets about McConnell's wife, Dems rebuke operative


by Joe Arnold

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 12:02 PM

Fancy Farm Ky, update --

As partisans prepared for the much anticipated Fancy Farm speeches Saturday afternoon, the Kentucky Democratic Party has delivered a sharp rebuke to a series of comments on Twitter from a Democratic operative who referenced the ethnicity of Elaine Chao, the wife of Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

"Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell's wife," Kathy Groob tweeted Saturday morning.  "No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian."

WFPL reporter Phillip Bailey screen captured the tweets:


"She's not from Ky," Groob said in a reply to a tweet questioning her attack.  "She is Asian and Bush openly touted that."

As the controversy grew on social media, a statement was released on the Kentucky Democratic Party's Twitter account, denouncing the comments.

"These comments are abhorrent and have no place in Kentucky politics. We strongly denounce them," the statement read.

"My sincere apologies for poor choice of words," Groob tweeted about 15 minutes later.

Though Groob has deleted the tweets which mentioned Chao's ethnicity, several others about Chao remain.

"If Mitch McConnell is going to bring his wife in the race, then her lack of KY status is fair game," Groob tweeted.