McConnell Gets a New Challenger

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest challenge is not from Democrats in the Senate or even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but a Marine combat aviator who announced Tuesday she is running against him in 2020.

Amy McGrath, a Democrat who lost a close House race in 2018, sees McConnell’s close ties to President Trump as a possible weakness for the incumbent GOP leader and Kentucky senator.

“Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere—it started with him,” McGrath said in a Tuesday morning tweet. McConnell has been in office since 1985.

History is not on McGrath’s side, as Kentucky has not elected a Democratic senator since 1992. Trump’s popularity in the state may also be a hurdle, as McConnell successfully helped the president achieve a number of goals, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.