Former Marine Fighter Pilot Announces 2020 Challenge Against Mitch McConnell
Former Marine Amy McGrath on Tuesday announced that she is launching a 2020 challenge against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in Kentucky.
The former fighter pilot released a 3-minute campaign video, entitled “The Letter,” that depicts her and other Kentuckians writing letters to their senator with concerns about health care, jobs and affordable college that were ignored.
“Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start some place. How did it come to this?” McGrath said the video. “That even within our own families, we can’t talk to each other about the leaders of our country anymore without anger and blame.”
She said McConnell “was elected a lifetime ago and has — bit by bit, year by year — turned Washington into something we all despise.”
She claimed that “budgets, health care and Supreme Court are held hostage” in a Congress led by the Republican leader who has been in the Senate since 1985.
“A place where ideals go to die,” she added.
“The challenge of today is inside each of us. How do we reconcile our belief in basic human decency with our anger at this who block progress at all costs?” McGrath asked in the campaign video. “There is a path to resetting our countries moral compass, where each of us is heard and we can become once again the moral and economic leader of a world in disarray.”
McGrath was one of the most prominent Democratic congressional candidates during last year’s midterm campaign. The former fighter pilot was one of the top fundraisers of the cycle, and narrowly lost her bid to unseat Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) in Kentucky’s ultra-conservative 6th Congressional District.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly met with her at Democratic Party headquarters earlier this year to pitch her on the idea of launching a Senate bid against McConnell.
Watch McGrath’s announcement below.
I’m running to replace Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate. Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere—it started with him. With your help, we can defeat Mitch and defend democracy. Join us: https://t.co/c4b0WAp4ji pic.twitter.com/DNLjFkHGua
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 9, 2019