Our coal miners risked their lives to fuel our country—but Mitch McConnell would only give a group of them with black lung disease a scant minute when they rode 10 hours to visit him in Washington. My question for McConnell: Which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/6dzOZHTKOV
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) August 23, 2019
Courtesy of Newsweek:
Kentucky Senate candidate Amy McGrath released an ad Friday attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for having “left our coal miners behind years ago.”
The ad, currently running in McConnell’s home state, features a group of coal miners living with black lung disease. Pike County miner Jimmy Moore goes on to describe a 10-hour bus ride the 120-person group took last month to appeal to the senator for a restoration of their disability benefits. The objective of the meeting was to request that lawmakers collect additional taxes from coal companies to offset the miners’ medical costs.
“Ten hours on a bus, and we got to see him for all of one minute,” Moore says in the video.
McGrath took to Twitter with the campaign ad, writing “Our coal miners risked their lives to fuel our country—but Mitch McConnell would only give a group of them with black lung disease a scant minute when they rode 10 hours to visit him in Washington. My question for McConnell: Which side are you on?”
This is a pretty aggressive ad, that I think will really get a lot of attention in Kentucky.
McGrath is right that McConnell has not worked on behalf of his constituents for decades.
If she can get that message to the voters she has a real chance of beating him in 2020.
Not to put the cart before the horse, but if we take out both Mitch McConnel and Donald Trump it may not matter nearly as much if Democrats fail to take the Senate this eleection cycle so long as they hold onto the House and capture the presidency.
In a case like that Democrats will be able to get shit done despite opposition from a now weakened GOP.