NKY House Primary Turns Bitter, And More Top Stories This Week

Apr 24, 2020

Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie became the focus of widespread national scorn, even from within his own Republican Party, all the way to the White House, when he tried to force every member of the U.S. House to return to Washington, D.C. to vote in person on the first coronavirus relief package. President Trump took aim at the four-term Congressman on Twitter.

Money started to flow to Massie's Republican primary challenger, Todd McMurtry, best known as one of the attorneys representing Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann in lawsuits stemming from a controversial January 2019 encounter with protestors on the National Mall. 

High-profile members of Congress, including Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, donated to McMurtry's campaign in an effort to bolster the chance of removing Massie from office.

Then came attacks on McMurtry, with resurfaced tweets that opponents like Massie characterized as racist.

Cheney and another member of Congress requested that their campaign contributions be returned.

In our weekly news review, we'll discuss where the campaign stands now, along with ongoing coverage of the local impact of COVID-19; a resurgence of bald eagles in Ohio; and the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope.

Joining Cincinnati Edition are Cincinnati Enqurier reporter Sharon Coolidge, WKRC reporter James Pilcher, WVXU's Looking Up podcast co-host and Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas, and WVXU reporters Ambriehl Crutchfield, Ann Thompson and Tana Weingartner.

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