Call Of The Day: Demand Elaine Chao Resign For Corruption

At her confirmation hearings, Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and spouse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY,) promised to remove impediments to private investment and revitalize the transportation sector of the economy. She appears to be fulfilling that promise--but in ways that benefit her family, her husband’s re-election bid, and little else.

Several reports have surfaced recently making it clear that Chao’s activities as Secretary serve primarily to enrich her family and husband. She maintains deep financial and business ties to her family’s shipping company, Foremost Group, based in New York but operating primarily in China. According to multiple news sources, she recently planned a visit to China so unorthodox and troubling that the American embassy in Beijing asked the State Department for help with the ethics involved, and the trip was eventually cancelled. And while the Trump Administration has not been shy about propping up sagging industries like coal, Chao’s department has proposed cuts to federal funds assisting the flagging American shipping industry. To help her husband’s senate reelection bid, Chao designated a special liaison in her office to grease the wheels for at least $78 million in grants benefitting Kentucky as McConnell is preparing to campaign.

Tell your representation to call for Elaine Chao’s immediate resignation for her clear acts of corruption.

Three calls to make:  Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise

Senator Bill Cassidy:  DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office:  504-838-0130; Baton Rouge: 225-929-7711; Monroe:  318-324-2111; Lake Charles:  337-277-5398; Alexandria:  318-448-7176; Lafayette: 337-261-1400; Shreveport: 318-798-3215
 
Senator John Kennedy:  DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans:  504-581-6190; Lafayette:  (337) 269-5980; Monroe:  (318) 361-1489; Alexandria:  (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge:  (225) 926-8033; Shreveport:  (318) 670-5192

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

Sample script:

Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you’re from].

I'm calling to ask for the [ senator / representative ] to publicly call for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao's resignation.

(CHOOSE 1 OR 2 REASONS)

  • She has tried to steer grant money that would benefit her husband's reelection

  • She has repeatedly called for cuts to the shipping industry that would largely benefit Chinese competitors and her family's company.

  • Despite claiming she does not have conflicts of interest, she and her husband have been benefiting financially from her family's wealth for many years.

Thank you for your time and attention.

This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.