If there was ever a moment when a black progressive could win national primary in Kentucky and convince the America people that the state is ready to move beyond Mitch McConnell, state Rep. Charles Booker (D-Louisville) is ready to claim it.
National protests spurred by the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Booker’s hometown have buoyed Booker’s profile and have resurrected hopes that he can actually defeat his toughest primary opponent and Democratic Party establishment pick, Amy McGrath. Booker, 35, was considered a long shot a month ago, but his moving words on police violence and presence at protests in Louisville (which his opponents have largely been absent from) have progressives believing he can pull off an upset similar to what Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) did in 2018. Of course, Massachusetts and New York aren’t Kentucky, but Booker is trying to prove naysayers wrong.
During an hourlong interview with senior reporter Terrell J. Starr on Monday at 12 p.m. ET on The Root’s Instagram Live (@the.root), Booker will break down his legislative priorities, his views on policing, the national protests calling for abolition of policing, his primary race and much more.