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  Elaine Chao favored Kentuckians in meeting with officials seeking grants
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Last EditedRP  Oct 07, 2019 05:50am
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AuthorTANYA SNYDER, TUCKER DOHERTY and ARREN KIMBEL-SANNIT
News DateMonday, October 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn her first 14 months as Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao met with officials from Kentucky, which her husband Mitch McConnell represents in the Senate, vastly more often than those from any other state.

In all, 25 percent of Chao’s scheduled meetings with local officials of any state from January 2017 to March 2018 were with Kentuckians, who make up only about 1.3 percent of the U.S. population. The next closest were Indiana and Georgia, with 6 percent of meetings each, according to Chao’s calendar records, the only ones that have been made public.

The fact that Chao’s calendar shows that one out of every four meetings with local officials was with Kentuckians is significant because the department has long maintained that it, and she, have shown no favoritism to the state represented by her husband, even while local officials from other states have complained about having trouble getting to see her.
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