Democrats Court Top-Tier Candidate to Run Against McConnell

An advocacy group devoted to toppling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is joining Democrats’ efforts to recruit Amy McGrath to run for his Kentucky Senate seat.

The left-leaning Ditch Mitch Fund said in a press release Tuesday that it had collected donations from 50 states and the District of Columbia in the 24 hours since The (Louisville) Courier-Journal first reported that the group had created a website to encourage McGrath to enter the race. McGrath is a retired Marine fighter pilot who is seen as a rising star in the party in spite of her unsuccessful bid last cycle against Republican Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th District.

“There is incredible grassroots energy for Amy McGrath to run against Mitch McConnell,” said Ryan Aquilina, executive director of the Ditch Mitch Fund. “We had one of our best days ever in terms of fundraising, and that proves in no uncertain terms just how much appetite there is for Amy to run and to defeat Mitch McConnell.”

National Democrats have been aggressively courting McGrath to run for the seat, but her team has not said whether she has made a decision. A call to her campaign headquarters was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Read more at Roll Call.