Chao was secretary of labor in the George W. Bush administration.
Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison tells WFPL that "it's not an official statement. It's a tweet. And we will remove it if it's wrong. ... We've got some tweets there that shouldn't be there and I'll make sure they come down." The tweet about who has McConnell's ear, though, is still online. And Progress Kentucky is still trying to make connections from China to Chao to McConnell. This post appeared Tuesday morning:
"China Premier grateful to McConnell father-in-law/@KYGOP contributor-4 his role in developing China industry http://ow.ly/i2Qjv #kyga13."
WFPL also points out that "other messages from Progress's social networking account about Chao have run for the past several days, saying her 'Chinese (money)' is buying state elections."
McConnell campaign spokesman Jesse Benton tells the station that the PAC's messages are "disgusting."
According to WFPL:
"McConnell and Chao married in 1993, and he has received hefty contributions from family, friends and business leaders in the Chinese-American community ever since. ... [But] McConnell has said those donations and connections have no effect on his foreign policy views or votes."