The Amy McGrath campaign is an absolute disaster. The former Marine fighter pilot turned failed house candidate made the unfortunate mistake of announcing a run against the one and only senior Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, AKA Cocaine Mitch.
To set the stage, McConnell beat Kentucky’s well-liked Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014 by 15 points. Trump won Kentucky in 2016 by 30 points while McGrath lost her 2018 house bid.
On paper, McGrath is a strong candidate. She’s a Kentucky native, married to a Republican and totes an impressive military background. After announcing her candidacy on Monday, McGrath received nothing but positive coverage from mainstream outlets followed by people questioning if McConnell had an eighth term in him.
In 24 hours, her campaign announced they had amassed an astounding $2.5 million, more than most Democratic presidential contenders raised in the same time frame. As soon as McGrath announced, the McConnell campaign released this video.
Brutal. That’s right, McGrath claimed to be the most liberal person in the state of Kentucky AND compared her feelings of Trump’s election to how she felt after 9/11.
Despite that, McGrath cast herself as a pro-Trump Democrat. McGrath:
Trump promised to bring back jobs. He promised to lower drug prices for so many Kentuckians. And that is very important. But who stops the president from doing these things? Mitch McConnell. I think that that’s very important, and that’s going to be my message – the things that Kentuckians voted for Trump for are not being done. He’s not able to get it done because of Senator McConnell.
This brings us to Kavanaugh. Here’s what McGrath told the Courier-Journal in reference to whether she would have voted for Kavanaugh:
There was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.
The absurdity of this gaffe for a Democratic hopeful running for any office in the country was not lost on anyone.
For the final gut punch, the local Courier-Journal jumped in on the action with a story titled: Amy McGrath fired first-day missile at her own foot, not at Mitch McConnell
Congratulations on reelection, Senator McConnell.