A Democratic operative claiming to be an activist for equality and women’s rights made racist remarks on her Twitter account directed at a Republican senator’s wife. When called on the carpet for her actions, she didn’t just delete the tweets — she closed her account on Twitter.
When she still had an account with the social media site, Kathy Groob described herself on Twitter as a “business & political consultant, activist for women’s rights and equality, founder of ElectWomen.”
It all occurred during Kentucky’s annual “Fancy Farm.” This is an event where national media and barbecue enthusiasts gather to watch politicians speak and poke fun at one another. The Daily Beast described it as “the Gong Show meets Hee-Haw.”
The main attraction this year was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. But the lighthearted banter took an ugly turn when Grimes supporter Groob sent out a series of tweets mocking the Asian heritage of McConnell’s wife.
She started out with this one, according to WHAS11.com:
She apparently thought that was so hilarious that it deserved a few follow-ups:
But she was the only one who saw the humor. Veteran policy and campaign consultant Karen Morison tweeted:
Perennially losing KY Democrat Kathy Groob, says Elaine Chao (Mrs. Mitch McConnell) isn’t a Kentuckian, “She’s Asian!” Sounds racist to us. — KarenMorison (@karen_morison) August 3, 2014
The Kentucky Democratic Party agreed. It tweeted:
Approximately 15 minutes after the Democratic Party jumped in, Groob tweeted her apology.
“My sincere apologies for poor choice of words,” Groob wrote, before closing her Twitter account. But the damage was already done.
For someone who considers herself a “political consultant,” she should have known better. Here’s a photo of McConnell and his wife: