Skip to comments.‘Authenticity problems.’ Matt Jones slams Amy McGrath as he’s courted to challenge her.
Posted on 07/11/2019 8:41:20 PM PDT by kaintucky
Lexington Herald Leader LogoAuthenticity problems. Matt Jones slams Amy McGrath as hes courted to challenge her. | Lexington Herald Leader POLITICS & GOVERNMENT Authenticity problems. Matt Jones slams Amy McGrath as hes courted to challenge her. BY DANIEL DESROCHERS JULY 11, 2019 06:53 PM
Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones, had harsh criticisms Thursday for the roll-out of former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGraths campaign to challenge U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The popular sports radio host, who started his time on stage at a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce business summit by saying he still hasnt decided whether hell launch his own Senate bid, said he thought it was fair to say McGrath has experienced some hiccups early in her campaign.
I think she has let the national Democratic Party and the consultants consult her to death. They have literally taken the personality out of her, Jones said. I would say to Amy McGrath, be Amy McGrath. Because at the end of the day if youre Amy McGrath and you lose, then you can look in the mirror and say look I did it. If youre this person they created... youre gonna lose and youre gonna feel bad.
Jones did compliment McGrath on how much money shes raised $3.5 million in two days but said that despite the money, her authenticity problems could dog her through the campaign.
The comments cut to the core of the brand McGrath built in her 2018 campaign as a straight-shooting outsider willing to rise above her political party at a time when Jones is being courted by Kentuckians to offer a primary challenge to McGrath because of her early stumbles.
Mark Nickolas, McGraths campaign manager, dismissed Jones criticism of McGrath and indicated he doesnt think Jones will get in the race.
There are people like Amy who have the courage to get into the arena and take on the establishment and make their case directly to the voters, and then there are people who like to hear themselves talk, Nickolas said.
McGrath drew criticism as soon as she had completed her first interview as a candidate, when she said McConnell was standing in the way of some of the policies of President Donald Trump. Jones criticized McGrath for the comment Thursday, saying it didnt match with her earlier comments comparing the election of President Trump to September 11 terrorist attacks (McGrath has walked back the statement, from her 2018 campaign, saying it was about ugly partisan politics).
I think the number one, most important thing for a candidate in office, is that people think you are authentic and you are real, Jones said. ...And I think the first 48 hours I think its fair to say when you watch Amy McGraths answers, it doesnt seem like the same person who ran for congress. Some of them are different.
Jones said Thursday that he thinks he has the ability to beat Mitch McConnell, calling him a huge detriment to democracy in America, but that he would have to give up the life he currently enjoys complete with several business ventures, a radio show and a television show for a grueling campaign.
Its hard giving that up to deal with this man (Republican pundit Scott Jennings) for 16 months trying to ruin your life, Jones said. I like Scott, but he knows Im right.
Let me clear something up, Im not going to try to ruin your life. Im gonna ruin it, Jennings, who was on stage with Jones, said. (Jones said Jennings response showed whats wrong with politics).
Jennings, a former McConnell staffer, had his own criticisms for McGrath. He said McGraths campaign errors so far have been self-imposed and dismissed her argument that shed be better for some of Trumps policy priorities than McConnell.
For the rest of this campaign, no matter what she says about her own positions or McConnells, the retort will always be the same: well lets give it four hours and see how it turns out., Jennings said. So this race is no longer for her to be about issues, its going to be about phoniness.
Jennings said he thought any Democrat running against McConnell would have a hard time because of the popularity of President Trump and the fact that Kentucky hasnt elected a Democrat in a statewide federal election since 1992. But Jones said McConnells unpopularity in Kentucky is unique.
People really dont like Mitch McConnell. Even the people who like him, dont really like him. Jones said. Theres Kentucky fans, theres Louisville fans, we dont agree on a lot, but we all hate Duke. And Mitch McConnell is Duke.
He keeps the spot light on himself but never takes the chance. He is so afraid of losing that I doubt he'll pull the trigger. He mixes left-wing politics and sports on his show. If challenged he either shouts down his opponent or shits off their mike. I think his jaw is glass. He'll skip Fancy Farms. Face-to-face, man to man is not his style.
I hope the mods clean up my spelling error. I meant to write “shuts” off their mike.
Where is McConnell’s primary opponent?
He’s not likely to draw one of any substance this time.
How often does a Senate Majority Leader get a primary challenge?
Well, McConnell did in 2014 with now-Gov. Matt Bevin (although he was on the brink of reclaiming the Majority Leader position that year). Otherwise, they tend to draw just desultory opposition.
So does this Jones demoncrap think McGrath is too liberal or not liberal enough?
- Mitch McConnell OWNS the Kentucky Republican party. The only successful challenge to his authority was from Rand Paul, who had a national framework in place thanks to his father’s prior Presidential campaigns.
- Matt Jones would be a much better candidate than Amy McGrath. He’s honed his public persona on radio and television shows, where he’s established a bond with the (mostly) conservative UK fan base. He also has extensive experience hosting unscripted public events. But as someone mentioned, he obviously loves what he’s doing; it’s hard to see him giving that up.
I think McGrath is going to end up dropping out of the race.
1) She’s extremely hard to look at.
2) Even CNN has noticed that her campaign is already tanking. In fact, the word “disaster” was used.
IMHO most of the GOP losers in the last election also had an authenticity problem. This was especially true in the Arizona senate race. During the debates, Kyrsten Sinema came across as genuinely likable. Martha McSally came across like a robot, spouting the standard republican talking points.
We took out the sitting House Majority Leader for betraying US.
Hilarious. Thanks kaintucky.
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