LEXINGTON, Ky. — U.S. Senate candidate LtCol Amy McGrath, US Marine Corps, Ret. released a new TV ad “10 Hours” that features a group of coal miners suffering from black lung disease, who traveled on a bus to see Sen. Mitch McConnell to discuss how to save their disability benefits.
McConnell met with them for one minute before walking away.
The TV ad is narrated by Jimmy Moore, the head of the Letcher County Black Lung Association, who talks about the trip they took traveling 10 hours to see McConnell in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.
The fund is a federal program that covers medical expenses for black lung victims and their families. The fund is at risk of becoming insolvent after McConnell allowed the tax that pays for it to lapse. McConnell reportedly met with the miners for less than a minute and then left without answering questions or providing any plan to ensure their benefits would be maintained.
“Ten hours on a bus and we got to see him for all of one minute,” said Moore in the TV spot. “My step-father and grandfather died of black lung, and now I can lose my son. Mitch McConnell let the coal companies walk away from us and after one minute, he did too.”
The ad highlights McConnell continuing to turn his back on Kentucky’s hardworking families.
“After 34 years in Washington, Mitch McConnell left our coal miners behind years ago,” McGrath said. “The question for anyone in Congress is ‘which side are you on?'”
The TV ad will run starting today, Friday, Aug. 23, in the Evansville, Lexington, Charleston-Huntington and Bowling Green media markets.
McGrath served 20 years in the Marines, becoming the first woman Marine to fly a combat mission in an F/A-18 fighter jet. In July, she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate against McConnell, the most unpopular senator in the country with 50 percent of Kentuckians disapproving of the job he is doing.