Progress Kentucky made headlines recently by promising to fund a Tea Party primary candidate against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
They're in the spotlight again for a series of unpleasant tweets about McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, who was Labor Secretary under George W. Bush.
"This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress - she's his #wife. May explain why your job moved to #China!" tweeted Progress Kentucky (@ProgressKy) on Feb 14. The Tweet links to a conspiracy theorist website alleging that Chao discriminated against American workers as Labor Sec.
Other messages allege that McConnell is being influenced by Chao's father, who has business ties to China and is a Republican donor (both perfectly normal activities for an American businessman).
A spokesman from Progress Kentucky claims that the tweets are unimportant: "It's not an official statement. It's a Tweet. And we will remove it if it's wrong," he told WFPL. "People make mistakes in Tweets...Inferring [sic] that Elaine Chao is not a U.S. citizen was not our intention." He claimed the tweets merely suggested that Chinese interests influence McConnell's political decisions.Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign spokesman, called the tweets "race-baiting" and said the group "should really be ashamed." Other Republicans have called on prominent Democrats like Harry Reid to condemn the "disgusting" messages.