McConnell’s wife defends his record in new TV ad

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife defended her husband’s record on women’s issues in a new TV ad the campaign released Tuesday.

The ad is a response Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ latest TV ad that criticized McConnell for voting against the Violence Against Women Act. Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife and the former Secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, called Grimes’ attacks desperate and false.

The ad notes that McConnell sponsored the original Violence Against Women’s Act and said he has always supported its purpose.

The act pays for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. It has been law since 1994 and has been reauthorized several times. McConnell has voted against the bill, most recently in 2012 and 2013, because he said it contained amendments he did not support.


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