McGrath Speaks On Breonna Taylor Case In Western Ky. Stop

Oct 20, 2020

Amy McGrath greets voters at Chestnut Park in Murray, Kentucky.
Credit Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath said she supports a ruling Tuesday allowing a grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case to publicly discuss the proceedings. McGrath, who’s facing Republican U.S. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the November election, also spoke about federal COVID-19 relief negotiations and access to healthcare to at least 60 people during a campaign stop in Murray.

 

WFPL News reported a Jefferson County circuit judge on Tuesday granted an anonymous juror’s request to discuss the investigation presented to the grand jury by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. An anonymous grand juror in a statement said Cameron did not explain or pursue homicide charges with the grand jury, allegations that contradict Cameron’s past statements. 

 

McGrath said it’s important for the public to know as much as possible about the Breonna Taylor case, and that she’s called on Cameron to be more transparent. 

 

“So my hope here is that this is a step in the right direction for allowing that transparency to unfold,” McGrath said. “It’s important for the community. It’s important for the state.” 

 

The retired Marine fighter pilot also attacked McConnell repeatedly over stalling negotiations of another COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill, saying that she would “be there right now jumping up and down for coronavirus aid.” 

 

“Not ramming through a Supreme Court Justice, not renaming a post office. Doing the aid, the work of the people,” McGrath said. “And I don’t care what party you’re in. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, I don’t care if your name is Schumer, I don’t care if your name is Pelosi, I don’t care if your name is McConnell.” 

 

U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s effort to stop the Supreme Court Justice nomination process by adjourning the Senate, with Republicans saying work still needs to be done including the Supreme Court nomination and COVID-19 legislation. McConnell also told reporters Monday only the Senate would “consider” a COVID-19 relief agreement between the White House and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

 

McGrath also spoke to continuing efforts by advocates to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in downtown Murray. McGrath said she believes every community should figure out what to do with a particular monument, and that she would hope local leaders would listen.

 

“I would hope at the local level, local leaders look to people who want their voices heard and are looking for change here. And are looking to do it the right way,” she said. “I think at the federal level, which is what I’m running for, I would be somebody that wants to rename bases named after Confederate generals.”

 

McGrath in her speech called on supporters to do something each of the remaining days before Election Day to encourage voters to consider her candidacy when they go to the polls.