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PoliticsMcConnell shrugs off questions about preferential treatment by Chao

02:20  12 june  2019
02:20  12 june  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from the state in response to requests from McConnell ’s office. The group “was thrilled to get the VIP treatment by [ McConnell ’s] office and were particularly excited to hear that the leader’s office was normally off limits to normal

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McConnell shrugs off questions about preferential treatment by Chao © Provided by Politico, LLC Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks at a weekly news conference came one day after POLITICO reported that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao appointed a special liaison to assist with grant applications for the state of Kentucky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shrugged off a question Tuesday about whether he received special treatment from the Transportation Department because of his marriage to the agency's secretary, Elaine Chao.

“I was complaining to her just last night, 169 projects and Kentucky got only five,” he deadpanned. “I hope we’ll do a lot better next year.”

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McConnell’s remarks at a weekly news conference came one day after POLITICO reported that Chao appointed a special liaison to assist with grant applications for the state of Kentucky.

The special liaison, Todd Inman, offered guidance on grants that were of particular importance to McConnell, who is also up for re-election in 2020.

The agency has provided at last $78 million in grants for the state’s projects, according to the POLITICO report, which fueled a wave of criticism from ethics officials.

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