Amy McGrath Henderson Thinks She Can Beat Mitch McConnell

I suppose that I should have seen it coming. With the attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by the Washington Post and NBC News, because two of his great-great-grandfathers owned slaves, I should have guessed that NBC, at least, was being enlisted in the attack to pimp the candidacy of Mr McConnell’s 2020 Democratic opponent.

That the Democrats in Washington were pushing Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath Henderson, USMC (Ret.) to run against Senator McConnell was no secret; that she would take the opportunity is something else.

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath announces bid to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020

By Rebecca Buck, CNN | Updated 5:39 PM ET, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

(CNN) – Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath, a former fighter pilot who rose to national prominence last year in her failed campaign for Congress against Republican Andy Barr, is turning her sights on a new target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a three-minute video released Tuesday, McGrath said McConnell has “bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise.”
“I’m running for Senate because it shouldn’t be like this,” McGrath added.

McGrath’s candidacy marks a significant recruiting coup for Democrats. She emerged as an unlikely fundraising juggernaut in her congressional race, bringing in millions of dollars after her campaign released a biographical video that went viral, and becoming a Democratic celebrity in the process.

There’s more at the original, but everything you need to know is in the fourth quoted paragraph: her candidacy against Representative Andy Barr (R-KY 6th) brought in a lot of money, including a lot of out-of-state money, as the Democrats, energized by their unparalleled hatred for President Donald Trump, tried to take back control of the House of Representatives, something they succeeded in doing.

But Mrs Henderson, who didn’t respect her husband, Eric Henderson, enough to take his name, was not part of the Democrats’ success in 2018: Mr Barr, a good if nevertheless not very flashy or well-known congressman, won 51% of the vote to Mrs Henderson’s 47.8%.

Mrs Henderson was what the Democrats thought would be an ideal candidate in conservative Kentucky. She was a Marine fighter pilot, who flew 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan. She claimed to be a fiscal conservative. And she surprised a lot of people by beating Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the Democratic primary, carrying the 18 rural counties, while Mr Gray won only in Lexington.

Mr Gray was an experienced politician, but I’ll say that from which other writers have shied: Mr Gray is openly homosexual, and if that isn’t too much of a problem in Lexington-Fayette County¹ politics, it certainly is in the more conservative rural areas. Mrs Henderson, with her military résumé, trounced Mr Gray because he is homosexual.

Mrs Henderson tried to campaign as a mostly moderate Democrat, in a state which has been kind to moderate Democrats for a long time; Kentucky was the last state in the South to have a state legislative chamber controlled by the Democrats, something which only ended with the 2016 elections. Trouble is, she wasn’t exactly a moderate, by her own words: “I am further left, I am more progressive, than anyone in the state of Kentucky,

Mrs Henderson made that statement in a Democratic fundraiser . . . in Massachusetts. She certainly didn’t run as the most progressive person in the Bluegrass State here in Kentucky. Either she lied to people in Massachusetts, while looking for their dollars, or she lied to the voters of the Sixth District. Either way, she’s a liar.

Of course, that wasn’t the only time she got busted on tape. I wrote, thirteen months ago:

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump carried the Commonwealth of Kentucky by a wide margin, 1,202,971 (62.5%) to 628,854 (32.7%) for Hillary Clinton. In the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Fayette County (one of the only two counties Mrs Clinton carried), Mr Trump won 55% to 39%.

Thus, you’d think that Amy McGrath, the Democratic congressional nominee challenging Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) for the sixth district seat, might not say something like, “The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it (Mr Trump’s election victory) was the feeling I had after 9/11.” But, if you did think that, you’d be wrong.

Mrs McGrath basically said, to the voters of the sixth district, ‘You are indistinguishable from the terrorists who hijacked those four jetliners in 2001. Your attitude toward our country is no different from that of Osama bin Laden. You are just plain unAmerican, and are really enemies of America.’ Of course, that’s little different from the views of Nancy Pelosi or Chris Cuomo or most of the left.

And now she plans on running against Senator McConnell. The Democrats tried this before, nominating Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — who had won a statewide election previously, something Mrs Henderson has not — to face the Senator in 2014, and just like they were excited about Mrs Henderson in 2018, the Democrats saw Mrs Grimes as their real hope.

Senator McConnell stomped her by an almost two-to-one margin.

The Sixth District in Kentucky is the second most liberal district in the Commonwealth, with Lexington at its western end, but Mrs Henderson still couldn’t win here.² How can she reasonably hope to compete in the four more conservative districts?³

The answer is: she can’t. Unless Senator McConnell just plain drops dead, he’ll be re-elected in 2020, and will win by a landslide margin.
¹ – The city of Lexington and Fayette County merged into a unified Urban-County government in 1974.
² – Yes, I live in the Sixth District.
³ – The Third District, which consists of Louisville and surrounding suburbs, is reliably Democratic.
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