“DitchMitch2020, You Deserve Better” Billboards are springing up in Mitch McConnell’s hometown, thanks to a grassroots group of Kentuckians determined to oust the Republican Senator from office.
Indivisible Kentucky, the group behind the campaign, describes themselves as “part of a national grassroots movement based on the Indivisible Guide. We are regular people, just like you, who live in and near Louisville, Kentucky, for whom November 8, 2016 was a rude awakening. Many of us have been more couch-potato than activist, but now we realize that we no longer have the luxury of watching from the sidelines.”
The group published a press release last Thursday (July 27th) announcing their Billboard Campaign: “It’s Time To #DitchMitch2020.”
According to that press release, “Indivisible Kentucky has set a goal of raising $20,000 for a media purchasing blitz, starting with the billboard advertising campaign.”
They note that they have a donor willing to match all donations up to $10,000 on a separate page on their website discussing their fundraising efforts.
Writing that “Kentuckians deserve access to the same fundamental rights as even the wealthiest Americans: the right to affordable, quality healthcare, a good education, clean water, and freedom from discrimination based on our gender, race or sexual orientation. We’ve had enough of Mitch McConnell siding with those in power rather than his constituents,” the group published a list of specific grievances regarding McConnell, to include:
- “Of all the members of Congress, McConnell has been by far the largest recipient of coal industry contributions. He’s received $748,899 (compared to $640,825 for his nearest competitor, former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner from Ohio).
- “When not targeting working families, McConnell also targets minority populations and immigrants.
- “Senator McConnell also set out to harm education in Kentucky. He not only opposed legislation that would give aid to states facing financial trouble to keep teachers in the classroom, but also blocked the “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” that would have enabled millions of Americans with expensive student loans to refinance into more manageable payments.
- “Perhaps one of his most odious ‘accomplishments,’ McConnell has worked diligently over the years to thwart civil rights advances. He’s gone so far as to call himself a ‘Proud Guardian of Gridlock.'”
Indivisible Kentucky concluded their press release, stating: “It’s time to send a message to Senator Mitch McConnell he won’t be able to ignore. Join us in spreading the #DitchMitch2020 campaign across social media!”