Marine veteran Amy McGrath mounts Democratic bid for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest challenge is not from Democrats in the Senate or even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but a Marine combat aviator who announced Tuesday she is running against him in 2020.

There is no guarantee that McGrath is the Democratic nominee to take on McConnell even though she is the most high-profile Democrat so far to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate.

McGrath, 44, will nearly certainly be able to raise enough money to mount a serious challenge to McConnell, 77, but she is still a decided underdog in a state that has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992. She emerged as an unlikely fundraising juggernaut in her congressional race, bringing in millions of dollars after her campaign released a biographical video that went viral, and becoming a Democratic celebrity in the process.

"He never wrote back", she says.

In 2016, as FiveThirtyEight explained, "every state that elected a Republican candidate for Senate voted for Trump, and every state that elected a Democratic Senate candidate voted for Clinton". Andy Barr by about 3 percentage points as she struggled to counter being depicted as "too liberal" for the district.

"I felt like somebody needs to stand up to him", McGrath said. "It is serious that we've got to work this out and avoid the chaos that comes from our inability to come together on serious issues", McConnell warned.

Adkins, who is more conservative than McGrath, told the Lexington Herald Leader that he had been "approached" about a run.

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McConnell's campaign posted a video soon after McGrath's campaign announcement that featured clips from her own ads during the 2018 run for a House seat. "There hasn't been in years, and I don't anticipate there will be next year".

But McGrath beat him and four other contenders to win the nomination.

She featured various Kentucky residents, saying they were struggling in the current climate and needed a better Senator.

"She has demonstrated everything it will take to win", said Ryan Aquilina, executive director of the Ditch Mitch Fund. But he also can make the case that he has been able to use his power in Washington for the benefit of the state.

Obama opposed reparations on the 2008 presidential campaign answering a questionnaire from the NAACP with: "The legacy and stain of slavery are immeasurable; nothing, including reparations, can fully compensate".

McConnell has in Kentucky a fiercely loyal team of political operatives who are known for hard-hitting campaigns that leave his opponents badly bruised.

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