(Reuters) – Amy McGrath, a former U.S. Marine fight pilot whose compelling biography drew nationwide consideration throughout an unsuccessful Democratic congressional marketing campaign final yr, stated on Tuesday she would problem Republican Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell in 2020.
In a video asserting her marketing campaign for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, McGrath, 44, described writing a letter at age 13 to her senator, telling McConnell she needed to develop into a fighter pilot regardless that ladies had been barred from fight on the time – a narrative she additionally highlighted when working for the U.S. Home of Representatives final yr.
“I’ve typically puzzled what number of different folks did Mitch McConnell by no means take the time to write down again, and even take into consideration,” she stated, earlier than accusing McConnell of turning his again on his constituents.
In response, McConnell’s marketing campaign launched a video utilizing McGrath’s personal phrases – together with calling Republican President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall “silly” and defending abortion rights – to painting her as too liberal for Kentucky, a state that Trump carried by 30 share factors in 2016.
McConnell, 77, who has served as certainly one of Kentucky’s two U.S. senators for nearly 35 years, has been the chief of Senate Republicans since 2007. He stated he regarded ahead to the competition.
“It’ll be a spirited race,” he advised reporters on the Capitol.
Regardless of middling approval rankings, McConnell simply prevailed throughout his final marketing campaign in 2014 over Kentucky’s secretary of state on the time, Alison Grimes.
McGrath spent 20 years within the Marines, flying 89 fight missions. She narrowly misplaced to Republican U.S. Consultant Andy Barr in November.
Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney