Schumer Courts Amy McGrath To Run; McConnell Already Plans Attack Strategy

LOUISVILLE, KY-FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) (R-KY) and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wait on stage together at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center where Schumer was scheduled to speak February 12, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sen. Schumer spoke at the event as part of the Center's Distinguished Speaker Series, and Sen. McConnell introduced him. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) (R-KY) and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wait on stage together at the University of Louisville's McConnell Cente... LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) (R-KY) and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wait on stage together at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center where Schumer was scheduled to speak February 12, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sen. Schumer spoke at the event as part of the Center's Distinguished Speaker Series, and Sen. McConnell introduced him. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 13, 2019 8:12 a.m.

Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is still in the early stages of courting unsuccessful 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in 2020.

Meanwhile, the McConnell election machine has already roared to life, collecting opposition research on the possible candidate and formulating an attack strategy, according to a Tuesday Politico report.

McGrath, a fighter pilot who mounted an insurgency bid in 2018 after a viral campaign ad helped her circumvent the Democratic establishment’s indifference, has not yet made up her mind on the race. She lost narrowly to Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY).

Schumer’s aggression in finding a candidate to take on McConnell also reveals the animosity between the two Senate leaders, which has reportedly grown worse due to the shutdown and divisive judicial nominations.

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