Kentucky Senate Democratic Nominee Amy McGrath will be in Paducah tomorrow for several meetings with locals and will be making a public stop at 2 pm at the Seamen’s Church Institute located downtown at 129 S. Walter St. to meet with Rev. Kempton D. Baldridge and take a tour of the Institute. The Rev. Baldridge is a former marine too and the Senior River Chaplain for the Ministry on the Rivers and the Gulf - Ohio River Region. Both will have a lot to discuss.
McGrath’s latest victory over Kentucky House of Representative Charles Booker in the primary election has given her the ‘green light’ to work hard for Kentucky and find a way to defeat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath was the pick of the Senate Democratic campaign arm and brought in more than $40 million for her campaign. She enjoys the backing of multiple labor unions, and many Democrats, from in and outside the state of Kentucky, are drawn to her military background. McGrath was the first woman to fly an F-18 in combat, and flew more than 85 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“While each of our experiences are unique, as a woman in the military, I had to repeatedly fight the establishment during my 20 year career,” McGrath said. “No one needs to convince me of the urgency to address the issues of equal pay and equal justice, affordable health care for all, real action on voting rights, and ending the corrosive grip that corporate special interests have on our federal government.”
McGrath said in order to move forward, Senator Mitch McConnell will need to be defeated and in order to do that, unity of the Democratic family needs to happen. Of course, she was talking about the last election against her opponent, Booker. McGrath said she intends to “start the dialogue necessary to bring us all together in our common cause for the general election.”
Her current opponent, McConnell has held the Senate seat since 1984 and has been re-elected five times. He became Senate Majority Leader when Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014. Defeating McConnell will require an all out effort and McGrath believes she's up for the task.
McGrath is running on three platforms. The first is affordable, accessible health care for all. She said, “Kentucky has the second highest per capita spending on prescription drugs.” She went on to say, “I’m running to help Kentucky. Everybody should have access to affordable health care. The COVID-19 illness is affecting our entire economy. Our entire region is decimated.”
The second platform is creating better infrastructure that will bring more jobs to Kentucky. McGrath said, “McConnell isn’t working for the average person. Kentucky is being left behind by Senator McConnell.”
Western Kentucky was highlighted as having a great need for new infrastructure. She mentioned the need for broadband internet access, better cell phone coverage, and repair for roads, bridges, and sewer systems. McGrath said, “People don’t have it (broadband).” During COVID-19 it’s important for students to have access for distance learning and for patients to use Telehealth. “New businesses can’t talk to the modern world. We need 21st century infrastructure,” stated McGrath.
The third platform McGrath is running on is ‘common sense’. She said she’s a ‘moderate, common sense’ Democrat. She’s served her country and isn’t ‘hyperpartisan’. “Most people don’t fall into a beautiful box. Forget the ‘Red team’ and the ‘Blue team’, and get on the ‘Red, White, and Blue team.’
This is McGrath’s first trip to Paducah since winning the primary so she’s eager to discuss her vision for western Kentucky. As Congress looks to its next federal aid package, she wants to make sure our area is represented.