Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Senate leader, is locked in a tight reelection race with Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. The race has attracted no shortage of controversy and division, though some of the issues mentioned are inappropriate by any standard. Last year, an anti-McConnell super-PAC sent out a series of racially charged tweets targetting Senator McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, a Taiwanese immigrant who served under President George W. Bush as his Secretary of Labor. Later in the same year, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a tweet that linked to a blog entry, calling Secretary Grimes’ the new “Obama Girl” while pasting her face onto a model who was wearing an Obama shirt.
Well, social media disasters have struck again, and once again, the subject of the attacks is, once again, former Secretary Chao. This past week was the Kentucky Fancy Farm, an annual event during which many Kentucky elected officials speak. During it, Kathy Groob, a Democratic consultant who advertises herself as an “advocate for women in politics,” sent out these tweets over the weekend:
Other tweets included:
Naturally, the vast majority of Twitter users attacked Groob for the tweet:
In light of the widespread furor that the statement ignited, the Kentucky Democratic Party also stepped into the mess, condemning the statement:
These comments are abhorrent and have no place in Kentucky politics. We strongly denounce them.
Groob, to her credit, did apologize quickly.
My sincere apologies for poor choice of words.
At first, Groob deleted the tweet completely. Then she took things one step further and deleted her entire Twitter account. Somehow, I don’t think there will be quite as many invitations for Groob to speak in the near future.
The lesson: don’t be a racist moron, and don’t send out racist tweets attacking the spouse of a candidate. Boom. Problem solved.