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Putting Country Over Party in Kentucky House Race

Amy McGrath (Photo: Berry Craig)

Kentucky Democratic House hopeful Amy McGrath can’t abide anybody who trash talks a fellow Marine.

So when Republican Andy Barr, the guy she wants to unseat, lit into Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Mass., McGrath lit into him.

McGrath is a retired combat flier. Moulton was a combat infantry officer who served four tours in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star.

Barr, who represents the central Kentucky 6th District, recently sent out a fund-raising letter in which he maligned Moulton for helping raise money for McGrath and 18 other vets across the country who are Democratic House candidates.

McGrath “strafed” non-vet Barr. She grabbed a blue pen, “edited” Barr’s letter in all caps, and fired off the revision in a campaign email.

In an “editor’s note,” McGrath, one of a half-dozen Democrats running in the May 22 Democratic primary, described Barr as a “man who never put on the uniform to defend our country.” Added McGrath, “Party over country is all Barr understands.”

In an “editor’s note,” McGrath, one of a half-dozen Democrats running in the May 22 Democratic primary, described Barr as a “man who never put on the uniform to defend our country.” Added McGrath, “Party over country is all Barr understands.”

McGrath said she “fixed” his letter after she “put the kids to bed.”

McGrath, an Annapolis grad who made lieutenant colonel, was the first woman Marine to fly in an F/A-18 jet in combat. She logged 89 missions attacking al Qaeda and Taliban targets. The weapons officer-turned-pilot is in the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame.

Barr’s letter began, “CNN is reporting that a liberal Massachusetts Congressman raised $1 million at a single fundraiser last week and is donating a staggering $50,000 to a candidate running against us.”

McGrath tweaked it to read, “CNN is reporting that a DECORATED COMBAT MARINE raised $1 million at a single fundraiser last week and is donating a staggering $50,000 to a candidate running against ME.”

Barr continued to rattle the tin cup: “Well, it turns out that he’s just getting started and his PAC is jumping in with even more spending to help bolster my opponent’s fundraising numbers.”

Again, McGrath grabbed her pen: “Well, it turns out that he’s just getting started and his PAC is jumping in with even more spending to help bolster FELLOW VETERANS WHO PUT THEIR COUNTRY ABOVE POLITICS.”

Barr: “The establishment liberal elites in D.C. are rushing to defeat me because they want more like-minded liberals in Congress they can rely on to raise taxes, wage war on coal, fund Planned Parenthood, and enact single payer government health care.”

McGrath: “The ANTI establishment CONCERNED AMERICANS are rushing in to defeat me because they want more like-minded PATRIOTS in Congress they can rely on to BE RESPONSIBLE, BE HONEST on coal, fund Planned Parenthood, and enact BASIC AFFORABLE health care.”

Barr: “I have a bullseye on my back and we can’t let this influx of money from outside our district slow our momentum. So we’re reaching out for help to fight back.”

McGrath: “I CREATED a bullseye on my back and I’M SCARED ABOUT this influx of money from ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS AND NOT CORPORATIONS. So we’re reaching out for help to fight back.”

Barr (in boldface): “To help us match these big donations dollar for dollar, can you help us raise $5,400 by midnight tonight with a donation today?

McGrath: “To help us match MY CORPORATE MAX DONORS, can you help us raise $5,400 by midnight tonight with a donation today?”

McGrath is from Georgetown; Barr lives in Lexington. She, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, and Lexington state Sen. Reggie Thomas are the chief contenders in the Democratic primary. Barr is expected to have no trouble turning back a solo challenge in the GOP primary.

Berry Craig