Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, affectionately known as Cocaine Mitch, had a nasty fall in early August caused by his Nike shoes busting at the seams. The Kentucky politician jokingly said, "First Zion. Now Me" in reference to former Duke basketball star Zion Williamson memorably experiencing a similar fate, despite no injury, when his Nike shoes exploded during a game last season.
First Zion. Now me. pic.twitter.com/frDOkHyzLs— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) August 5, 2019
The Senate is now back from its summer recess, and it looks like Sen. McConnell's colleague Susan Collins has gifted the GOP leader a new pair of shoes to replace his old Nikes. Senator Collins represents the state of Maine, where the shoe company New Balance has several factories. Nearly all of its shoes are famously made in the USA.
"Our commitment to domestic manufacturing allows New Balance to employ American workers at our five facilities in Maine and Massachusetts," New Balance's website reads. "Whenever possible, we purchase materials from domestic suppliers who employ more than 7,000 workers locally." New Balance was started in 1906 by an English immigrant in Boston, Massachusetts.