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McConnell’s first ad focuses on racial tweet

In his first television ad of his 2014 reelection campaign, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) focuses on a tweet that attacked his wife's Chinese heritage.

McConnell's wife Elaine Chao, the former secretary of labor, narrates the ad.

"You've seen the ads attacking my husband. As Mitch McConnell's wife, I've come to expect them," Chao says. "Now, far-left special interests are also attacking my ethnicity, even attacking Mitch's patriotism because he's married to me. That's how low some people will stoop."

Chao is referring to a tweet from the group Progress Kentucky that suggested McConnell supporting sending jobs to China because his wife is of Chinese descent. The tweet has since been deleted.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter scoffed at the ad, saying McConnell was trying to play the victim.

"We strongly disagree with the tweet that Mitch McConnell is referencing in his new ad, but let's be honest: Mitch McConnell is not a victim," Canter said in a statement. "In fact, he is the reason for Washington's dysfunction."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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