Kentucky's Amy McGrath Henderson on Impeachment

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath, a Marine combat aviator who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky, has set her sights on an even more formidable target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston,

As expected, the Senate acquitted President Trump on near party line votes on both Articles of Impeachment. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) voted “Guilty” on the first Article, but “Not Guilty” on the second; all Democrats voted Guilty on both Articles.

And here in the Bluegrass State, Lt Col Amy McGrath Henderson¹ (USMC-Ret), who failed in her attempt to take the Sixth District House seat from Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) in 2018, and is now running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, issued this statement:

It would seem that Mrs Henderson doesn’t really want to take that Senate seat from Mr McConnell. In 2016, Donald Trump carried Kentucky 1,202,971 (62.52%) to 628,854 (32.68%) for Hillary Clinton.

There are 120 counties in Kentucky, and Mr Trump carried 118 of them. Only in Jefferson County, where Louisville sits, and Fayette County, home of Lexington, did Mrs Clinton win, and even there, not by much, 54.05% in Jefferson and 51.19% in Fayette. By vote percentage margin, Kentucky was Mr Trump’s fifth strongest state.

Of course, we have previously noted Mrs Henderson as being out-of-step with Kentuckians. We noted that Mrs Henderson had said about President Trump’s election victory, “The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it was the feeling I had after 9/11,” basically saying to 62.52% of Kentucky voters, ‘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.’ We noted that Mrs Henderson said, in a campaign fundraiser not in Kentucky but in Massachusetts, “I am further left, I am more progressive, than anyone in the state of Kentucky.

The Democrats saw Mrs Henderson’s 2018 campaign as a potential victory, in that the Sixth District, with Lexington in it, is the second most liberal one in the Commonwealth, but despite gobs of out-of-state money, Mr Barr beat her 51.0% to 47.8%.

Now, in 2020, though she still has to win the primary, Mrs Henderson is pretty much the presumptive nominee, given that the potential ‘big name’ candidates have all declined to run.

So, why did she issue the statement on impeachment?  She has no real competition for the nomination, so she doesn’t really need to secure her support among Democrats. Perhaps it is because she is “further left” and “more progressive than anyone in the state of Kentucky.”

Come next November, President Trump will, once again, carry the Bluegrass State, and Senator McConnell will, as he has several times before, be re-elected to the United States Senate.
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