Cindy McCain 'disappointed' McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell

Cindy McCain 'disappointed' McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell
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Cindy McCain said Tuesday that she was “disappointed” that Amy McGrath, a Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky, used her late husband Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE’s (R-Ariz.) image in her campaign video.

Cindy McCain tweeted in response to McGrath’s video used to campaign against John McCain’s “good friend” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (R-Ky.).

“I’m disappointed in @AmyMcGrathKY’s use of my late husband #johnmccain image in a partisan attack ad against his good friend @senatemajldr,” she posted. “John’s memory should be used promote common ground and civility not to stoke division.”


McGrath’s ad features John McCain’s vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017 with her voice narrating, “You’re watching a historical moment.”

“John McCain is about to vote on Mitch McConnell’s bill to kill the Affordable Care Act taking health care away from millions of Americans.”


“Imagine trying to tackle a global pandemic with millions of Americans uninsured,” she added.

The Senate candidate responded to Cindy McCain’s tweet saying she reached out to “a member of the McCain family” saying she “received encouragement.”

“I am saddened that Mrs. McCain sees this differently, but my intention is to honor Sen. McCain's historic vote that is also a moment of public record,” she said. 

McGrath will face progressive candidate state Rep. Charles Booker in the state’s Democratic primary scheduled for June 23. Booker received endorsements from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments Hispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants MORE and the Lexington Herald-Leader this week. 

Last month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) asked McGrath to keep his image out of her campaign ads when she included him and other governors in an ad attacking McConnell.

“Republican governors like Mike DeWine in Ohio and Larry Hogan in Maryland and Democrats like Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: Trump to take executive action after coronavirus talks collapse | Vaccine official says he'd resign if pressured politically Cuomo says New York schools can reopen in-person this fall Cuomo calls on wealthy to return to New York City: 'You got to come back!' MORE in New York and our own governor Andy Beshear, they’re all showing us what leadership is,” she said in the previous ad. “But Sen. McConnell sees it differently. ... For Sen. McConnell, it’s always about politics.”