Schumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDon’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-N.Y.) met with former Marine and recent congressional candidate Amy McGrath about mounting a 2020 challenge against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Trump selects Kelly Craft for United Nations ambassador Union leader says Green New Deal would make infrastructure bill ‘absolutely impossible’ MORE (R-Ky.).

Politico reported Tuesday that Schumer met with McGrath at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on the idea. The two were joined by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona Former McCain chief of staff says he will not run for Senate in Arizona in 2020 MORE (D-Nev.) and aides for McGrath.

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Aide Mark Nickolas confirmed the meeting took place, but told Politico that no decision was imminent.

Neither McConnell's nor Schumer's office immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.

Politico reported that McConnell's campaign has already started examining McGrath's past statements and positions to gear up for a potential 2020 race.

McGrath was one of the most prominent Democratic congressional candidates during last year's midterm campaign. The former fighter pilot was one of the top fundraisers of the cycle, and narrowly lost her bid to unseat Rep. Andy BarrGarland (Andy) Hale BarrSchumer urging ex-congressional candidate Amy McGrath to run against McConnell House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 Poll shows 25 percent view McConnell favorably, lowest among leaders in survey MORE (R-Ky.) in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

Democrats have been working to draft candidates to run in competitive 2020 races. Schumer and Cortez Masto reportedly met with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about launching a bid against Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

Astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday his plans to run in 2020 against Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArmy calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.). Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), met earlier this year with top party officials.