Liberal Progress Kentucky Sets Clock Back to 1941 with Racist Tweets about McConnell’s Wife

Jeff Rense

Jeff Rense, conspiracy theorist and Aqua Net stockholder

If you can’t face them, tweet about them. That seems to be motto of the liberal superPAC Progress Kentucky. For months, Progress Kentucky has been attacking McConnell and holding demonstrations at his offices and home, according to NPR member station WFPL. And when that didn’t work, they dug deep in to the freakish hellscape of Paula Dean’s illegitimate son’s online conspiracy rantings.

Jeff Rense, a dead ringer for a Geraldo Rivera/Paula Dean “If They Mated”, is an American conspiracy theorist and radio talk-show host of the Jeff Rense Program. He believes that McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary under George W. Bush, is a public enemy and that she has discriminated against American workers during her tenure.

Why does he say this? Because she said the following in a Parade Magazine interview back in 2007:

“American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene… They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something.”

First… WTF, Chao?

Second, it’s easy to be punctual when you live in an “apartment” that’s just a hop, skip, and jump-off-the-eighth-floor-into-security-net distance away from your workstation.

But I digress.

So people say stupid things during interviews. Really stupid things. And when they do, they should be taken to task for their remarks.

But Progress Kentucky looked past all that twisted logic of hers and looked directly at her heritage.

In one tweet, Progress Kentucky stated:

“This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!”

The tweet included a link to the page on Rense’s website with Chao’s comments above and the serious allegation that Chao is a public enemy.

Progress Kentucky claims the tweets are not official statements and that they are just tweets. So no biggie. You know, Twitter is just an international venue for disseminating information to masses of people. Why would anyone care what was said about them on Twitter?

Progress Kentucky claims that these tweets are meant to show how Chinese interests influence McConnell’s decision-making.

The superPAC questions McConnell’s patriotism in part due to the fact that the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao publicly thanked James Chao, Elaine’s father and Jiabao’s former college buddy, for “Chao’s continuous efforts over years on supporting the Chinese shipbuilding industry as well as the Chinese shipping industry.”

Chao and his family also gave $80,000 to the Kentucky Republican Party, which is, of course, a direct implication that McConnell is a communist who has been seduced to do China’s bidding by the vixen Chao. Right? Or did I read that one wrong?

In a blog post on their website, Shawn Reilly, executive director of Progress Kentucky, stated:

“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.”

They also link to a Kentucky.com article that says that McConnell “has received more than $200,000 from Chinese-Americans outside Kentucky, not all of it legal,” and claims that “most of it originat(es) with Chao’s connections.”

Illegal campaign contributions?! Say it ain’t so!

Look, Progress Kentucky, if you want to make allegations that McConnell is a pawn for the Chinese government (which could be entirely possible), then present FACTS that are not merely a guilt-by-association/six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon type argument. Sensible people will see right through it and you just make yourself look like an ass (no pun intended).

About Deborah Brancheau

Deborah Brancheau is the Managing Editor of RestoringTruthiness.org, a political comedy website inspired by the political satire of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Deborah's background is a smörgåsbord of experience. With a bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Theatre and a Minor in Cinema/Television, and a Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Southern California, Deborah took her heavily student-loan-funded education and became a sports-writing, high-school-teaching, graphic-designing, university-professing, broke-bum bastard. When that didn't work out too well, she refunneled her expertise into this new venture, RestoringTruthiness.org.