Chao Met With KY Politicians, Officials At Least 10 Times After McConnell Requests

On Tuesday, January 31, (l-r) Elaine Chao after her swearing-in as the Transportation Secretary, with her husband Senator Mitch McConnell, in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has met with politicians and other officials from her home state of Kentucky at least 10 times in response to requests from her husband’s congressional office, Politico reported, after obtaining documents from the watchdog group American Oversight.

In some instances, the meetings led to positive outcomes for the politicians and business officials whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s requested Chao meet with, according to the report.

American Oversight obtained more than 800 pages of emails between the two offices. At least 12 of the emails show McConnell’s staff working as a channel between Kentucky leaders and Chao’s office. As Politico noted, it is unclear how often Chao’s office responds to requests from other lawmakers, but the frequency of coordination is notable given the couple’s status in Washington.

Read the full Politico report here. 

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