|Screenshot from KREF|
According to KREF records, Chao's contribution to McLaughlin appears to be the only one made by the former Secretary to a Kentucky candidate for non-federal office since 2003, when Governor Ernie Fletcher reported a $270 in-kind contribution from her. (Fun fact: Three years later Fletcher would be indicted on unrelated charges of conspiracy, official misconduct, and political discrimination.)
|Me contacting Chao for comment|
According to KYCIR, members of the Louisville Bar Association recently rated McLaughlin their least favorite district court judge. In fact, she received the lowest rating of any district court judge since the Association began surveying its members in 1979.
Incidentally, Chao is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell, who practiced law in Louisville up until 1978. What compelled Chao to contribute to McClaughlin's re-election campaign remains a mystery.