Chuck Schumer Recruits Mitch McConnell’s 2020 Opponent, A Female Fighter Pilot
With the longest-serving Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell’s six-year term in the Senate set to expire in January of 2021, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is already looking for his opponent.
According to reporting by Politico, Schumer has been actively recruiting Democrat Amy McGrath as McConnell’s possible 2020 opponent.
McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, and a 2018 Congressional candidate, met with Schumer at the Democratic Party headquarters last month where Schumer urged her to consider taking McConnell on in the 2020 Senate race in Kentucky. McGrath reportedly listened to what the New York Senator had to say, and she did not rule out a possible run.
According to Politico, the meeting also included Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto and top committee officials Devan Barber and Scott Fairchild, along with McGrath’s own aides Mark Nickolas and Lori LaFave.
McConnell’s team has also reportedly been digging up opposition research on the 44-year-old McGrath, signaling that they too believe she may be a serious contender.
McGrath was the first ever female Marine to fly in an F/A-18 on a combat mission, and spent 20 years in the Marine Corps. During those 20 years, she flew a total of 89 combat missions, bombing the Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan.