LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear endorsed retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race Monday.
“In these uncertain times in our commonwealth, we need leaders who have the character and vision to lead Kentucky through this crisis and bring us out the other side stronger,” said Beshear. “Amy McGrath embodies our Kentucky values of family, faith, service and caring for our neighbors, and I know those values will drive everything she does in Washington. She will fight for our teachers, protect Kentuckians’ pensions, and work for Kentucky families. I’m proud to endorse her as the next U.S. senator from Kentucky.”
McGrath, who won the Democratic nomination in a hard-fought primary in June, is challenging 36-year incumbent U.S. Sen. and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the November election.
The race is expected to be one of the most expensive Senate races of the fall campaign nationwide.
Beshear already is a target of some Republicans upset he defeated an incumbent Republican last year and the endorsement against a GOP favorite son will likely only fuel that dislike.
It also puts the governor at odds with McConnell in talks to try to get additional federal coronavirus assistance for state and local governments.
McGrath, who has been flying across the commonwealth registering voters and talking to Kentuckians about their voting options in this election, said the agreement between Beshear and Secretary of State Adams to expand access to the ballot this year is an example of the kind of bipartisanship and compromise that helps Kentuckians.
McGrath said she will bring this same spirit of bipartisanship to Washington in an effort to help uplift working Kentuckians through equal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
“I greatly admire Gov. Beshear’s strength, steady hand and unwavering commitment to doing what is right during this extraordinarily challenging period in Kentucky’s history,” said McGrath. “He is guided by his compassion for all his fellow Kentuckians—rural and urban, Democrat and Republican, old and young—and that makes him exactly the kind of leader we need to meet this moment. I’m honored to have his endorsement.”