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Woman Who Lost Child To Drug Overdose Asks McConnell To Stop Selling “Cartel” Shirts

Posted at 1:58 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 14:00:09-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Although Mitch McConnell’s campaign says they are quickly selling out of their new “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirts, not everyone is thrilled with the design.

“Cocaine Mitch” became a catchphrase during 2018’s political season. Now, McConnell’s team turned what was meant to be an insulting accusation into a marketable item.

Riding the branding, Team Mitch is now selling “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirts to allow fans to be a part of the Senate Majority Leader’s “cartel.”

One Kentucky woman, who lost her son to an opioid overdose, is calling on the Senator to stop selling the shirts.

Tanya Stamper Meeks has started a Change petition and wrote an open letter to McConnell. In the letter, Meeks cited her personal tragedy as well as Kentucky’s opioid epidemic as a reason to stop selling the shirts.

“My son Seth was a 19-year-old young adult, a freshman in college, had a job, was dating and just living his best life. December 3, 2014 he lost his life to a heroin overdose,” wrote Meeks.

Meeks is calling for Team Mitch to stop the sale of the t-shirts and to donate the money.