Elaine Chao, Menace and Egomaniac

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the longest-serving member of the Bush cabinet, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, your Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao:

Chao's department, which includes the Mine Safety and Health Administration, sponsors a yearly mine rescue contest to test the speed of rescue teams from around the country. At the September 2003 event in Lexington, Ky., attendees at the conclave received beautiful gold-colored coins, about the size of a half-dollar with a bas relief of Chao in the center.

Oh, and also:

Elaine received a $14.2 million Valentine’s Day gift from her husband, Senator Mitch McConnell, in the form of a funding earmark courtesy of American taxpayers. Mitch had a federally-funded auditorium at the University of Louisville’s library named after Elaine, though she never attended the university.


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