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Mr. and Mrs. Washington Insider: Mitch McConnell and His Wife
I don’t dislike many people. I hate a few – the boss who fired me with 4 kids at home; Limbaugh; people like that. But I generally don’t dislike most fellow earthlings. There is one crepey-necked creep however, who stands out in the dislike department. I dislike what he says. I dislike what he stands for and I especially dislike the way he looks. It’s not because he’s ugly. I like a lot of ugly people. Hell, I’m getting more repulsive by the year. I don’t dislike him because of his age either; he just turned 70 and I’m in no position to make age an issue.
The guy is a United States Senator. He’s been fouling up the chamber’s air for 27 years. He’s married to Elaine Chao, a reasonably bright and attractive Taiwanese immigrant (most likely Han Chinese) with a heavyweight CV that includes an 8-year stint as U.S. Secretary of Labor where she spent considerable time leaning on unions. She was also the Director of the Peace Corps and CEO of United Way. She earlier had been a VP of two huge banks. Before her labor gig, she was with the Heritage Foundation; she returned to Heritage in January 2009.
One might ask what a gal like her sees in Mr. Crepey. It seems the attraction is in their mutual sleaze compatibility.
Heritage opened an office in Hong Kong in 1996 and hired Chao to supposedly serve as Heritage’s academic liaison, passing on valuable cultural and scholarly matter for a better understanding of China and the region. In truth, Chao’s apparent lone responsibility was to grease the skids for U.S. manufacturers to cut deals to bring American jobs to non-union cheap labor plants in China. WorldNetDaily reported that she was also a director of an Alabama-based Insurance Company that partnered with the Chinese government. I’m sure she received a handsome stipend for her connections with a U.S. Senator – her husband. And this union-hating, American job exporter becomes U.S. Labor Secretary?
Any thoughtful Republican would consider most of the above to be a conflict of interest, not to mention her board membership of the National Association of Security Dealers. As Church Lady would say – “Isn’t that special.” For Republicans, it’s just another day at the office. Just like Clarence and his Tea Party wife, Virginia (Ginni).
The Senator married this accomplished lady after getting rid of the woman who helped him through law school. Don’t they all?
If you haven’t guessed by now, the object of my disaffection is Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell. He’s my human equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard. While the media concentrates on the madman menagerie that is the U.S. House of Representatives, almost no attention is focused on the equally whacked out Republicans in the senate; every bit as Tea Party-possessed and Obama-hating as their house-bound colleagues.
McConnell is their Minority Leader. You’d never know it, but Democrats are in the majority in the Senate though the filibuster ploy has rendered them impotent. Citizens for Responsibility in Washington named McConnell as one of the half-dozen most corrupt members of the Senate. He’s also in the top ten in the wealth department. He’s worth somewhere between 10 and 44 million. That’s quite a range as reporting requirements are anything but exact. Elaine is worth $5 million or so and her daddy, a shipping magnate, gifted the pair with (here we go again) somewhere between 5 – 25 million.
Predictably, McConnell votes for big oil interests 100% of the time. In a 7 year stretch, his campaign coffers have been enriched by a half-million oily dollars for his loyalty. While his party goes ape-shit over those horrible earmarks, McConnell has managed to direct 25 million dollars worth to just one recipient, a British Defense Contractor. At the same time of this puzzling largess, his corporate BFF was under investigation by the Justice Department. They threw a quick 50 grand at his campaign for his generosity. Whatever else this ‘friend with benefits’ sent McConnell’s way, we’ll never know.
Not surprisingly, McConnell has fought any and all efforts for campaign finance reform. He’s big on warrantless monitoring of U.S. Citizens he suspects of terrorism. Hell, he could be targeting some of the more aggressive contributors to this very site. We at Politicususa certainly know the lengths enemies will go to silence progressives.
So there you have a quick thumb-nail of Mitch McConnell. Selfish, greedy and untrustworthy. A politician in the worst sense of the word.
In closing, McConnell’s words to live by in describing his goal as Senate Minority Leader – “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
God forbid the ‘most important’ thing would be serving the people of America.
Image: Hillbilly Report