Our senior senator, who is well-known for his uproarious sense of humor, has apparently decided to take the “Cocaine Mitch” appellation and turn it into both a laugh and a fund-raising opportunity.
Senator Mitch McConnell has been called “Cocaine Mitch” by some of his detractors due to a story about cocaine being found on a ship called the Ping May. That ship is one of many that make up the Foremost Shipping Company, which is owned by James S.C. Chao, the father of McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.
The cocaine was found while the ship was in a port in the country of Columbia. No one was charged, and as pointed out by the Washington Post fact-checkers, the amount of cocaine, while valuable, would be easy to hide in a ship that large.
So, as you can see, the whole “Mitch McConnell is tied to cocaine smuggling” story is just sensationalism gone wild, and the Senator himself is further away from the cocaine than he probably is from Kevin Bacon. (Link for anyone who doesn’t get the reference.)
If I’m Mitch McConnell, I just ignore the story whenever it gets peddled.