"Everything that's wrong with Washington had to start somewhere-it started with him", McGrath said in a Tuesday morning tweet. "Well, that started with this man, who was elected a lifetime ago", McGrath says of McConnell.
"I'm running for Senate because it shouldn't be like this", McGrath added.
At the same time, McGrath's race against Barr was surprisingly close, with the New York Times considering it to be a dead heat shortly before the election and McGrath holding Barr to a much closer margin than his previous Democratic opponent, who had been trounced by 22 points.
McConnell's campaign wasted no time picking up on that theme, unveiling a website called wrongpathmcgrath.com with a video features McGrath quotes about abortion and health insurance and composite images showing McGrath alongside such liberal leaders such as Sen. Trump's popularity in the state may also be a hurdle, as McConnell successfully helped the president achieve a number of goals, including the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
In campaign stops, Democratic voters have similarly asked 2020 presidential candidates how they plan to combat McConnell and his impact on Congress.
McGrath will have to win the Democratic nomination to have the opportunity to face McConnell.
McConnell, who is known as a relentless campaigner, plays up his relationship with President Donald Trump on his own website, and the two will be on the ballot together next year.
'If you think about why Kentuckians voted for trump, they wanted to drain the swamp and Trump said he was going to do that. "There hasn't been in years, and I don't anticipate there will be next year".
McConnell's website also indicates he would try to make one of McGrath's potential strengths a liability. Well, Mitch McConnell, ' she noted. "I am going to think about it and still make my own decision".
In that race, McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate, foreswore negative attack ads against Barr while he and several outside groups supporting him spent millions of dollars labeling her as "too liberal" for Kentucky.
Adkins, who is more conservative than McGrath, told the Lexington Herald Leader that he had been "approached" about a run.