Charles Booker, a Democratic state representative, who raised his profile last year running in the Kentucky Democratic Senate primary on a platform of racial justice amid the summer’s protests, is now looking to run for GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s seat.
Booker’s surge came late in the 2020 primary after the Democratic establishment had already rallied support around Amy McGrath, who was challenging GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell. Booker lost to McGrath by three points.
Still, Booker racked up endorsements from prominent liberals such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). He also received the endorsement of the state’s two main newspapers.
Booker said in a video message Monday that he is officially forming a campaign exploratory committee to run again for the Senate. This time, if victorious in the primary, he probably would face Paul in the general election.
In a statement, Booker accused politicians of not doing enough for people amid a national public health and economic crisis, “voting against survival checks for working families and trying to take away our health care in order to give our money away to wealthy campaign donors,” he said.
“Kentuckians deserve a senator who will fight as hard for us as we fight for each other, and that’s why I’m formally announcing an exploratory committee for U.S. Senate,” Booker said. “We can, we will, and we must build a future that works for all of us instead of just for a wealthy few.”….
image….Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker addresses reporters on Sept. 23, following the return of a grand jury investigation of the death of Breonna Taylor at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)