Elaine Chao

Elaine Chao: ‘I Stand By My Man. Both of Them.’
Transportation secretary stays neutral in boss-husband feud

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao gives her “man” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a kiss after he introduced her during her confirmation hearing in January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao weighed in Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s feud with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using unexpected choice words:

“I stand by my man. Both of them,” she said.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Poodle Emergency and McConnell’s Dinner Plans
 

It’s been a long week on the Hill, but no one has had a more “ruff” go of it than Rep. Mark Meadows’ poodle Jolie, who had a minor puppy emergency and had to be tended to by former veterinarian Rep. Ralph Abraham. Watch the video for more from Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano, plus special guest Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski on his “Take 5” interview with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Elaine Chao’s Appointment: Sign of Diversity or Nepotism?
Selection could undermine Trump's ’drain the swamp’ mantra

The selection of Elaine Chao, seen here with her husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in January,, seems to undermine Donald Trump’s “Drain the swamp” mantra, writes Matt Lewis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Political news often runs the emotional gamut from inspiring to depressing. I was immediately reminded of this with the news that President-elect Donald Trump selected Elaine Chao for Transportation secretary.

Chao’s biography is inspirational and aspirational. The first Asian-American woman to serve in a Cabinet position as George W. Bush’s Labor secretary, Chao is an immigrant from Taiwan (her parents relocated there during the Chinese Civil War) who showed up to her third-grade class not knowing a word of English. She’s also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (This part is slightly less romantic; his assistant called her assistant to arrange a date.)