US Senate Republican candidate Don Blankenship speaks at a Town Hall meeting in West Virginia on March 1
A controversial Republican candidate for the US Senate in West Virginia accused the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Of having a potential conflict of interest over his father-in-law this week to have. Who he called a "wealthy Chinaperson".
Don Blankenship, a former coal executive director who served a year in jail for mining safety and health conspiracy following an underground blast in 2010 and 29 miners, brought McConnell's wife Elaine Chao, in a local radio interview Monday. Chao, the transport secretary, immigrated as a child from Taiwan to the United States. Her father, who was born in China, founded an international shipping company.
"I have a problem when the father-in-law is a wealthy Chinese, and there are a lot of connections to some of the brass" In China, "Blankenship said in an interview on 106.3 The River.
" I have books read that people think he's soft in China, "Blankenship said of McConnell, who has not produced any evidence supporting such allegations.
Blankenship said," Many of these senators, including Mitch, you know, have the potential for a conflict of interest. They have to be much more transparent than they are. "
Josh Holmes, former police chief of McConnell and one of his best political advisors, wrote on Twitter:" This candidate is as despicable as a human being is. Blankenship has his own connections to China, where his fiancee was born there, the New York Times reported, but a Blankenship spokesman did not immediately confirm this information, but said he was looking for more clarity.
Blankenship has also previously said that he "is considering moving to China," according to a previous conversation made online by the Charleston Gazette Mail.
Senate GOP leaders have voiced concerns that the past of Blankenship's republican opportunities harming Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III in the general election, an organization called Mountain Families PAC, which has ties to McConnell allies, has published ads criticizing Blankenship.
The two main opponents of Bloomenship are Rep. Evan Jenkins and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey The most important is May 8.
The Republicans defend the Z elections consider a Senate majority of 51 to 49. They see West Virginia as one of their best ways to recover.
Even as Blankenship demanded more transparency from McConnell, his own secrecy attracted some attention. The Senate Public Records Bureau confirmed Wednesday that Blankenship had failed to provide its required personal financial disclosure.