Rick Scott Challenges Mitch McConnell For Senate GOP Leader

by | Nov 15, 2022 | Politics

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Tuesday announced a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for GOP leader after their party’s disastrous performance in the midterm elections and its failure to retake the Senate.“The status quo is broken and big change is needed,” Scott said in a tweet. “It’s time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda.”AdvertisementThe status quo is broken and big change is needed. It’s time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda.That’s why I’m running to be the Senate Republican Leader.https://t.co/B0rdMuR64Z— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) November 15, 2022In a letter to his colleagues, Scott argued that Republicans need to be “far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against.”“I do not believe we can simply continue to say the Democrats are radical, which they are. Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values,” he added.Here’s a copy of Scott’s letter: AdvertisementMcConnell’s position as leader isn’t seriously in doubt. On Tuesday, he said he “of course” had the votes to become leader again.“I have the votes. I will be elected,” the GOP leader told reporters. “The only issue is whether we do it sooner or later.”Some of Scott’s colleagues wondered aloud why anyone would vote for him over McConnell, namely because Scott is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee at a time when Republicans were just crushed in the midterm elections.“If you’re going to assess blame for election losses, I don’t know how you …

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