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McConnell Challenger Flip-Flops on Kavanaugh, Reverses, & Then Apologizes

Amy McGrath’s answer to a simple question – would you have supported the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh – resulted in an absolutely disastrous second day for her candidacy.

By NTK Staff | 07.11.2019 @11:30am
McConnell Challenger Flip-Flops on Kavanaugh, Reverses, & Then Apologizes

Failed 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath just entered the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky on Tuesday, but by Wednesday she was already flip-flopping and apologizing for contradictory statements.

During an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal on Wednesday, McGrath said she “probably” would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

Courier Journal: One of the centerpieces for Sen. McConnell’s reelection appears to be his work in reshaping the U.S. judiciary. If you had been a senator, would you have voted for Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court — why or why not?

McGrath: Well, that’s a good question. I didn’t listen to all of the hearings. I don’t think there was anything, and I’m not a lawyer or a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I don’t know the criteria. But I was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh, what I felt like were the far-right stances that he had. However, there was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.

Courier Journal: So you would have voted for him to be on the Supreme Court?

McGrath: You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him.

But that statement ran counter to a social media post from the summer of 2018 in which she said she opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination.

It’s not immediately clear what triggered McGrath’s massive flip flop just one year later, although her Senate campaign strategy appears to be one in which she is hoping to remake her public image and downplay her liberal beliefs.

Still, her response to the Courier Journal went too far, evidently, and she flip flopped again later Wednesday evening.

“[U]pon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” McGrath tweeted.

Then she went into full-blown apology mode:

In short, McGrath knows she’s too liberal to get elected statewide in Kentucky. But she also needs to appeal to liberals on the coasts who will no doubt fund a massive chunk of McGrath’s campaign. It’s a catch-22, and until she figures out a better way to sell herself to Kentucky voters, she’s going to have a rough go of it on the campaign trail.

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