Senator McConnell files for 2020 re-election bid in Frankfort
Senator Mitch McConnell (R), the Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky's senior Senator, officially filed for re-election Friday, December 13th in Frankfort
Afterwards, the senator took some time to speak on a number of issues ranging from the impeachment inquiry to ex-Governor Matt Bevin's recent pardons.
“Honestly, I don’t approve. It seems to me it was completely inappropriate. I expect he had the power to do it, but looking at the examples of people who were incarcerated as a result of heinous crimes - no, I don’t approve of it," said McConnell.
State treasurer Allison Ball and McConnell's former lawyer now Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron were with the senator as he filed.
As he spoke to reporters, Senator McConnell highlighted his push to legalize hemp and attempts to combat the opioid crisis.
First elected in 1985, he is seeking his 7th term. The Majority Leader is the fifth person to file for the race.
Others, including Democratic challengers Amy McGrath and Charles Booker and Republican Wesley Morgan, a former state Representative, have also made their intention to challenge Senator McConnell well known.