Amy McGrath attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps after the Kentucky native became the first female pilot to fly the F/A-18 on a combat mission. Now the woman who flew on over 85 combat missions takes on a new challenge: defeating Mitch McConnell in the 2020 election.
McGrath announced her candidacy with a campaign ad that is garnering attention in her home state and nationwide. In it, the decorated Marine begins by calling out McConnell for not responding to the letters of his constituents, including one a 13 year-old McGrath wrote.
Watch the full ad here with subtitles.
In a Twitter post to introduce the ad, McGrath stated:
"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: AmyMcGrath"
Her tweet echoed one message in her campaign ad, where McGrath stated:
"Everything that's wrong in Washington had to start someplace. How did it come to this? That even within our own families we can't talk about the leaders of our country anymore without anger and blame."
Over a photo of a younger McConnell, McGrath said:
"Well, it started with this man who was elected a lifetime ago. And who has bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise. Where dysfunction and chaos are political weapons. Where budgets and health care and the Supreme Court are held hostage."
"A place where ideals go to die."
McGrath then stated:
"I'm running for Senate because it shouldn't be like this."
People agreed with McGrath's assessment of Senate Majority Leader McConnell—who has been in the Senate since 1985 or 34 of his 77 years. In the past, McConnell boasted of his obstructionism and continues to thwart legislation in his role in the Senate.
Activist Adam Best stated the importance of removing "human roadblock" Mitch McConnell as well as Democrats taking control of the Senate.
People were on board with McGrath's campaign.
Some pointed out how McConnell plans to retain his seat with help from President Donald Trump's Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao who also happens to be McConnell's wife.
The 2020 election is now 482 days away. While in the 2018 midterms, the Democrats had far more of their Senate seats up for reelection, in 2020 the Republicans have to defend 22 seats in the Senate.
In that 2018 midterm, McGrath was narrowly defeated by incumbent Kentucky Republican Representative Andy Barr who retained his seat in the House with just 51 percent of the vote in deep red Kentucky.
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