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“
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
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.
Mitch McConnell is the single most destructive individual to American democracy.
We needed a fighter. We got one.
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) July 9, 2019
I just contributed to Amy McGrath for Senate. I know Amy McGrath. I maxed out on her House campaign. I believe in Amy. She will rid our nation of the scourge of Mitch McConnell. She will be President one day. She exemplifies all that is great about America.
— Gerald Weaver (@Gerald_Weaver_) July 9, 2019
Activist Adam Best stated the importance of removing “human roadblock” Mitch McConnell as well as Democrats taking control of the Senate.
Outside of the presidential race, this is the most important race of the 2020 cycle. Unless human roadblock Mitch McConnell is removed from the Senate, any Democratic president will struggle to deal with him. He’s honestly as big of a problem for democracy as Trump.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 9, 2019
Democrats taking back Senate majority is the other part of this fight. @swingleft has picked 8 incumbent GOP Senators to try to unseat: McConnell, Cornyn, McSally, Gardner, Perdue, Ernst, Collins and Tillis. Send em all to the private sector! https://t.co/h1AYxocNpN
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 9, 2019
Dems don’t need more presidential candidates. Dems need more people running for the Senate. Hopefully more people follow your lead.
— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) July 9, 2019
I have been saying this for so long!!! We have to put our energy into the Senate as much as into the Presidency!!
— Monna Kendrick (@MonnaJean) July 9, 2019
People were on board with McGrath’s campaign.
YES! Let’s do this, Amy! We’re behind you 100%. #DitchMitch
— Ditch Mitch (@ditchmitchfund) July 9, 2019
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you @AmyMcGrathKY! Mitch McConnell is the greatest enemy of democracy in American history. I am so excited about your candidacy and will do everything I possibly can to support you! #DitchMitch
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) July 9, 2019
Donated. We’ve got your back Amy. Let’s get this done. Ditch Putin’s Mitch.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 9, 2019
If this campaign launch video is any indication of how you’ll be running your campaign, Mitch McConnell had better start looking for a nice retirement home. You got this, Amy! 👊
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 9, 2019
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.
So Elaine Chao, Trans. Sec., married to McConnell, hires her husband’s former campaign aide to be her own staffer and then designates him specifically to help pave the way for Transportation-funded projects in McConnell’s state as he runs for reelection. pic.twitter.com/3CB9jfsulP
— KSD (@KSD371) July 9, 2019
We need his wife out too! She is the money behind his re-election campaigns.
— @TeddyNews1🌊 #TeddyNeverTrumper (@TeddyNews1) July 9, 2019
Never ever forget…No one in Washington has been dirtier, longer, than Elaine Chao and her husband Mitch McConnell. https://t.co/GwtdRVXj6w
— eva maria (@orecule) July 9, 2019
Rooting for you Amy! KY deserves better than Mitch and Elaine Chao
— @SaysDana (@SaysDana) July 9, 2019
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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