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 McCainGOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster Heatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Overnight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post 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 McConnellSenate GOP blocks voting rights bill Schumer, McConnell spar as GOP prepares to block voting bill Trump has 'zero desire' to be Speaker, spokesman says 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 SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez says she ranked Wiley first, Stringer second in NYC mayoral vote Five things to watch in the NYC mayor's race primary Heatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change 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 CuomoFoo Fighters, Dave Chapelle cover 'Creep' at first MSG show since pandemic Katie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House New York City moving thousands of people from hotels back to shelters 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.”