- The editorial staff of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of Kentucky’s largest newspapers, joined Amy McGrath over 36-year-old incumbent Mitch McConnell.
- “McConnell pretends to worry about Kentucky and the country, but time and time again he has chosen the GOP instead,” the editorial said.
- Senate Majority Leader McConnell is one of the most high-profile Republicans in the country. McGrath has raised over $ 46 million and has so far topped McConnell’s $ 36 million in their campaign.
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“This election is Amy McGrath, a Democrat who is challenging longtime incumbent and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell,” the paper’s editors wrote in an op-ed. “During his 36 years in office, McConnell has made it abundantly clear that his only passion is the pursuit of power, his own and the Republican Party. For that reason alone, we will support his opponent.”
The editors praised McGrath, saying she “understands that Kentuckians suffer from the lack of tackling the economic, educational and health needs that have left the state at the bottom of most rankings during McConnell’s term.”
McGrath is a former Marine fighter pilot challenging the 36-year-old incumbent McConnell to the Senate. She defeated the Kentucky Rep. Charles Booker in the Democratic primary for the Senate race. Although McGrath topped McConnell in the money race in this campaign, with each candidate raising over $ 46 million and $ 36 million, respectively, Business Insiders Grace Panetta previously reported that McGrath is unlikely to defeat one of the most high-profile Republicans.
As Senate Majority Leader, McConnell has been a key player for the Republican Party and a steadfast defender of the president. An economist is approaching the election, but said McConnell “expects Trump to lose” and is unlikely to rush to back a stimulus proposal, as he does not want to jeopardize his personal efforts to be Senate leader.
“McConnell pretends to worry about Kentucky and the country, but time and time again he has chosen the GOP instead,” the Herald-Leader editorial said. “On several occasions, when he could have stopped the worst exaggerations in the Trump administration, he has chosen not to do anything or join the president, as evidenced by his maneuvers to ensure that Trump’s prosecution quickly ended in acquittal.”