Attack on US senator's wife triggers China race row
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage on Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested that he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife.
Mr McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labor secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who fled mainland China and immigrated to the United States as a child.
Progress Kentucky, a pressure group opposed to Mr McConnell, posted a message on Twitter that noted that the Senate Republican leader was married to Chao and quipped, "May explain why your job moved to China!"
The group also linked to a press release in which China's Premier Wen Jiabao thanked Ms Chao's father, businessman James Chao, for business deals that helped benefit the Asian economy's shipbuilding industry.