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Emily’s List is naming Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Andy Barr as two of its top targets for 2020.
The Senate Majority Leader and Barr, a Lexington Republican, are among the first round of candidates the Democratic group that backs women running for office is putting “On Notice” as part of its opposition program targeting 43 House Republicans and six Senate Republicans.
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Kentucky may be tough for Democrats, who unsuccessfully challenged Barr in 2018, but Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, said “after flipping the House with Democratic women in 2018, we’re ready to send more Republicans packing in 2020.”
She accused McConnell and the other five Republican senators of serving as “rubber stamps for the Trump administration’s harmful policies at the expense of the American people” and said Emily’s List hopes to replace all six with Democratic women who support abortion rights.
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Citing McConnell’s steadfast support for Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Schriock said the Kentucky Republican “has made it clear that he will continue to advance his party’s dangerous and destructive agenda.
“While House Democrats are passing legislation to advance opportunities for American families, Senate Republicans refuse to even vote on these crucial measures, including one that would protect voting rights to ensure Americans have a voice in democracy,” she said.
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McConnell is a top target for Democrats, but no top tier challenger has jumped in yet. Matt Jones, a well-known Kentucky sports radio personality, has said he’s interested. But he’s waiting on Amy McGrath, a Democratic star who lost to Barr last year and is being courted by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, to run for the Senate.
McConnell launched his 2020 campaign last year and has been pressing for Senate votes to put Democrats in a tough position on a range of issues, including Democrats’ controversial Green New...
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