LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Under fire from both actress Ashley Judd and Senator Mitch McConnell's campaign, a liberal political action committee apologized Tuesday night for comments on Twitter about McConnell's wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
The tweets from the Progress Kentucky Super PAC suggested McConnell supported policies to ship jobs to China because his wife has Taiwanese roots.
Chao emigrated to the United States from Taiwan when she was eight years old.
McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, called it "race-baiting" and Judd tweeted "any attacks or comments on anyone's ethnicity are wrong."
After first defending the tweets, Progress Kentucky on Tuesday night reversed course, called the comments "inappropriate" and apologized to Chao.
"We apologize to the secretary for that unnecessary comment and have deleted the tweets in question," said Shawn Reilly, Executive Director of Progress Kentucky in a statement e-mailed to WHAS11. "In addition, we have put a review process in place to ensure tweets and other social media communications from Progress KY are reviewed and approved prior to posting."
"Senator McConnell’s record deserves a thorough and legitimate airing," the statement continued. "We believe that after fair examination of it Kentuckians will agree that Senator McConnell has been wrong over and over on the issues that matter. We will continue to inform Kentucky voters the important issues at stake in this election."