KY-Sen: Gov. Andy Beshear's (D) Former Campaign Manager Makes Moscow Mitch His Next Target

A billboard in Horse Cave, Ky., referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. as Moscow Mitch has been erected on northbound I-65 Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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The former campaign manager for Gov. Andy Beshear is forming a political action committee to raise money for former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath, signaling support for McGrath from the Kentucky Democratic establishment as she attempts to unseat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Eric Hyers, who successfully guided Beshear’s victory over former Gov. Matt Bevin, is forming Fire Mitch Save America, a super PAC dedicated to “replacing Mitch McConnell with Amy McGrath,” according to Hyers. The PAC will be run by several Beshear campaign alumnus.

“Many of the people on this team played a role in ousting one of the most unpopular people in Kentucky,” Hyers said. “And we are excited to oust one of the most unpopular senators in the country.”

Beshear was able to unseat Bevin, whose controversial comments about political opponents and allies made him unpopular, by running a disciplined campaign that avoided talking about contentious national issues.

While State Rep. Charles Booker (D. Louisville) has formed an exploratory campaign to jump into the primary, Amy McGrath’s (D. KY) campaign continues to raise a ton of money for her campaign:

Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath raised $6.2 million for her U.S. Senate campaign in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to her campaign, marking another impressive fundraising quarter even as she faces grumbling from some progressive Democrats in Kentucky.

The money McGrath raised in the final three months of 2019 brings her total to $16.9 million, just $2 million shy of what former Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes raised in her bid against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. McGrath’s campaign said it has $9.1 million on hand.

“It’s clear that Amy is proving to be one of the most prolific fundraisers in American politics,” said Mark Nickolas, McGrath’s campaign manager. “This is one of those things that’s a problem for McConnell. It shows why he’s in trouble.”

McConnell’s campaign had raised $13.3 million as of the last filing deadline and had $9.7 million on hand. It has not yet released numbers from the most recent fundraising quarter.

By the way, NowThis has a new podcast out and they have a great episode about McConnell and how he uses identity politics and dark money to help him get elected. Click here to listen.

And let’s keep up the momentum for McGrath’s campaign. Click here to donate and get involved with her campaign.

  • January 7, 2020