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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push 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 McConnellElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale 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 MastoHouse panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties 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 BarrDemocrats set to use McConnell's legislative graveyard against him Democrats set to use McConnell's legislative graveyard against him 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill 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 McSallyDemocratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid Democratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid Democrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate  MORE (R-Ariz.). Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), met earlier this year with top party officials.