Marine Aviator Amy McGrath Sets Her Sights on Mitch McConnell

Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath announces Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell

Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who lost a closely watched House race in Kentucky past year, announced Tuesday she will challenge Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the long time GOP leader and President Trump ally.

"She has demonstrated everything it will take to win", said Ryan Aquilina, executive director of the Ditch Mitch Fund.

McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden said McGrath lost in 2018 "in a Democratic wave election because she is an extreme liberal who is far out of touch with Kentuckians".

"The way I look at it, there will be no presidential campaign in Kentucky next year", he said.

On Tuesday morning, McConnell's campaign responded to McGrath's announcement with a tweet that included a video montage of her supporting liberal positions on issues including universal health care, abortion, and illegal immigration, as well as a clip of her comparing her reaction to Trump's election to how she felt on 9/11. "I look forward to the contest and laying out our differences to the people of Kentucky".

McGrath believes that people in her state voted for Trump due to promises to "drain the swamp" and lower prices of prescription drugs; promises she does not believe the president has fulfilled.

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"I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, "we've paid our debt" and to avoid the much harder work of enforcing our anti-discrimination laws in employment and housing", Obama said in a written response. Former Vice President Joe Biden went to Kentucky to campaign for McGrath in what proved to be a failed effort to win back onetime Democrats in rural areas. I am sure they'd love a word with the majority leader.

She's now pivoting, trying to portray herself as pro-Trump and McConnell as against the president.

McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate and mother of three, retired from the Marines in 2017 as a lieutenant colonel and moved back to Kentucky. McGrath could also benefit from McConnell's abysmal approval ratings in Kentucky, with a recent Morning Consult poll showing the senator with a 36 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval rating in his home state.

Democrats have prepared briefing books of more than 1,000 pages on McConnell, whose long record and ties to Washington interest groups provide ripe openings for attack.

While McGrath will likely have plenty of financial support - given the Democrats desire to take McConnell out - the race will still be an uphill battle for the political neophyte.

One day after McConnell made the comments in June, a House Judiciary subcommittee held a notable hearing on reparations, the first hearing in more than a decade to consider the controversial topic.

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