Problem with slinging enough mud in a campaign; even if the right bit doesn’t stick, some’s bound to if it can. Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes have been in a hotly contested race for McConnell’s Senate seat for some time now. Mean things have been said, and lies have been told on both sides. Welcome to politics.
While we’re pretty sure this wasn’t an example of brilliant intellectual entrapment on Allison’s part (much as we’d like to believe it was), a supposed lie of hers revealed one pretty fat truth about her opponent. A more relevant one, as it turns out…from his own lips.
For some time, Grimes has been saying that Mitch “screw the minimum wage” McConnell made his millions using his position in the Senate. Mitch, the 32nd richest member of Congress, with $12 million in the bank, has taken umbrage to the accustion. And well he should. Alison got four Pinocchios from the Washington Post for saying so along her campaign trail. A rating indicating it was straight-up false.
And Mitch, dammit, was going to set the record straight once and for all.
He did so at a debate last night in Kentucky, during this rather heated exchange:
McCONNELL: I can’t let that stand. She’s been given four Pinocchios for that as well.
GRIMES: So you’re not a multimillionaire?
McCONNELL: To claim that I got rich at public expense — she knows that that’s a result of an inheritance that my wife got when her mother passed away. And she’s consistently gone around, Bill, all over the state, and suggested that I’ve somehow enriched myself at public expense.
So, there you have it. Mitch McConnell didn’t abuse his seat in Senate to get rich. He pimped the corpse of his wife’s dead mother.
And it was honest money, too. The money they received came from the in-laws’ fortune made running the Foremost Group trading company, which specialized in shipping Chinese goods into America. Which we suspect resulted in zero American jobs lost.
But, Mitch is in no way a “taker.” He’s still a taxpayer, at least. Except for the fact that he immediately stuck $5 million in a tax-exempt money market account. Because if Mitch McConnell is anything, it’s a “maker” and a “giver.”
Giver of tax breaks to his rich in-laws and their friends, using his influence as a Senator. Which he in no way profited from.
Maybe we should recheck those Pinocchios
H/T: Huffington Post