McConnell Challenger: ‘Folks Like Sen. McConnell Who Have Been Around for 34 Years Are Not the Answer’

Amy McGrath, the Democrat who just announced that she will […]

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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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Amy McGrath, the Democrat who just announced that she will be taking on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) in next year’s elections, is positioning herself uniquely in a red state which Donald Trump won by some 30 points in 2016.

It is McConnell who is standing in the way of a number of promises Trump made to Kentuckians four years ago, said McGrath, who ran but fell just short in an election for a House seat last year from the Bluegrass State.

“I think if you think about why Kentuckians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, bring back jobs, do big things in infrastructure, do things like bring down drug prices, and a lot of these things are being halted by Sen. McConnell,” said McGrath, a veteran military fighter jet pilot. “For example, drug prices. President Trump has said this is his priority. He said the current system is very, very unfair and this is important for Kentucky. Kentucky has the second highest per capita spending on prescription drug medication. Over $2,000 a year. And who is stopping President Trump from doing this? Senator McConnell. Because he’s bought off by Big Pharma. He gets $1.2 million in campaign cash in his last election, it’s not rocket science. This is what’s happening and a lot of Kentuckians know this.”

McGrath raised $2.5 million in 24 hours to fund her campaign against McConnell.