Before she joined the Trump administration as transportation secretary, Elaine Chao earned millions of dollars over the past decade by serving on the boards of big public companies such as Dole Foods, Protective Life and Wells Fargo, according to corporate filings. She offered sterling credentials to businesses eager to keep current with the Republican leadership: A former banking executive, she became the first Asian American woman to serve in a Cabinet when President George W. Bush tapped her to serve as labor secretary. She has been a regular at conservative think tanks including the Heritage Foundation and the Hudson Institute. Her husband is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But now Chao is encountering a fraught reentry into the private sector.
Weird, huh? You’d think that one of the most easily bought/sold and corrupt politician in DC married to amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell, THE MOST corrupt pol, would be able to get her foot in the door, amirite?
Headhunters who have sought similarly prominent work for Chao have found little interest, according to two headhunters she’s consulted personally. The headhunters, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions, said top executives wary of backlash from associating with former Trump officials are boiling down Chao’s four-decade Washington résumé to its most recent entry: long-standing ally of Donald Trump, despite her resignation the day after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
That resignation was so brave, too, what with being about 2 weeks before being forced out by the election. But, you know, ol’ Elaine was there for all of the 4th Reichs greatest hits without any objection. You can go through the list in your mind and ask yourself, would you quit or stay after all that? She stayed.