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Kentucky Democrat says primary challenge to McGrath ‘might be helpful’

Rep. John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat representing Kentucky in Congress, said it “might be helpful” for Senate candidate Amy McGrath (D) to have a primary challenger after she initially said in a recent interview she would have voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“It could have gone smoother,” Yarmuth told the Courier Journal on Thursday. “By her own admission she made a pretty significant mistake and corrected it. I hope she prepares a little bit better for the rest of the campaign, I’m sure she will.”He added that a primary challenge “might be helpful,” arguing that “whoever is going to face off against Mitch McConnell really needs to get their game in shape. Certainly Amy would be a favorite in any kind of primary, but I think it would help her and if somebody else could beat her they would have demonstrated their strength as well.”
While McGrath’s recent announcement of her challenge to McConnell garnered media attention and a sizable early fundraising haul, the reversal of her stance on Kavanaugh left her supporters scratching their heads.
McGrath initially told the news outlet Wednesday “I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind,” referring to Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation after being accused of sexual assault while in high school by then-classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“I think it’s credible, but given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don’t think it would really disqualify him,” McGrath said.
Later Wednesday, the former fighter pilot backtracked and posted a tweet clarifying her stance.
“I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” McGrath tweeted.
I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no.
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 10, 2019
Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed by the Senate in a 50-48 vote, with Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) being the only Democrat to vote in his favor.