Just like when I was in combat, we can see our leaders on the front lines, only this time it’s in our states. Democratic and Republican governors are all showing us what REAL leadership is - and political party has nothing to do with it. pic.twitter.com/ANmjuEibhl— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) May 16, 2020
Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath is standing by a television advertisement that was released on May 16th despite a rebuke by two of the governors featured in it.
The 60-second TV ad features the Democrat candidate and retired Marine fighter pilot McGrath mentioning several American governors from both parties as the ones showing real leadership amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just like when I served combat, we can see our leaders on the front lines, only this time it’s in our states,” she says, mentioning a group of bipartisan governors including Kentucky’s Andy Beshear. The ad also features the Republicans, Ohio’s Mike DeWine and Maryland’s Larry Hogan. McGrath then switches to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“(McConnell) doesn’t want to pass what he calls ‘blue state bailouts’ even though Kentucky would get badly needed help too,” she says.
The ad was blasted by DeWine. “It’s for that reason that I’m particularly disappointed with an attack ad by Amy McGrath that uses my image against my friend, Mitch McConnell,” he said in his statement. “Mitch and I have worked together for a long time and I know that he is focused, as I am, on this crisis and I appreciate his leadership. I ask for the McGrath campaign to remove my image from her advertising immediately.”
Hogan joined him by releasing a tweet: “As I’ve said repeatedly, this is not the time for partisan politics or finger pointing. I appreciate the praise, but campaign ads politicizing the coronavirus response are not constructive towards the urgent goal of bringing everyone together to fight our common enemy: the virus.”
But McGrath did not walk away from her stance, saying that some statements have to be objective despite your political views.
“This is exactly what’s wrong with politics,” she said in her interview for the Courier Journal. “Every comment is, unfortunately, examined through a red or blue lens. In this case, I’m pointing out that leadership doesn’t depend on your political jersey color. It’s about your actions.”
McConnell campaign spokeswoman Kate Cooksey responded by saying that McGrath’s ad showed how she was “only interested in shamelessly cozying up to popular leaders like DeWine.” But, as the Courier Journal points out, back in April McConnell launched a similar 15-second ap about his coronavirus efforts, jabbing at McGrath, who, interestingly enough, did not ask to remove his image this time