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Amy McGrath Opens Challenge to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

Amy McGrath on election night in November. She lost her bid for a House seat last year and is now seeking to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath,...

WASHINGTON — Amy McGrath, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and combat pilot who was a star Democratic candidate in 2018 but failed to capture a House seat in Kentucky, announced Tuesday that she would seek to take on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for his seat in 2020.

Ms. McGrath, 44, made her announcement with a dark video[1] denouncing Mr. McConnell, 77, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has served as the central ballast for President Trump in Washington.

“Everything that’s wrong in Washington had to start someplace,” Ms. McGrath says in the video. “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.”

She also reprised a story she used in her 2018 campaign against Representative Andy Barr, in which she recounted that as a young woman she wrote to Mr. McConnell “telling him I wanted to fly fighter jets in combat, to fight for my country, and that women should be able to do that,” and noting that he never wrote back.

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  1. ^ a dark video (www.youtube.com)

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