Rick Scott challenges Mitch McConnell for GOP Senate Majority

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Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) announced during a Tuesday closed-door luncheon with Republican senators that he will challenge Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for GOP Senate Majority Leader.

“Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values…That’s why I’m running for Republican leadership,” Scott wrote in a letter released after the meeting.

“Like all of you, I am deeply disappointed by the results of the recent election,” Scott continued. “Despite what the quarterbacks on TV will tell you, no one in the entire country is responsible for our side’s performance.”

“If you just want to stick with the status quo, don’t vote for me,” Scott added.

Scott’s challenge would require a simple majority of GOP senators. The vote will take place by secret ballot and behind closed doors on Wednesday.

The announcement comes after a number of Republican senators have attempted to postpone the election for leadership until after the Georgia Senate race has been decided. But Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), McConnell’s election lieutenant, said the election will go as planned.

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated on Tuesday that if the vote was not postponed, McConnell would face a challenge.

Those who opposed McConnell’s immediate leadership vote include Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rick Scott (R -FL). ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and maybe Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

Former President Donald Trump had previously encouraged Scott to run against McConnell. “It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Sunday. “He blew the midterms, and everyone despises him.” Scott never said he would challenge McConnell, even though the rumors had been circulating for months.

If McConnell fails to get re-elected on Wednesday, he will fail to become the longest-serving Senate Party leader in history.

McConnell’s critics have criticized him for cheating GOP senate candidates during the midterm elections and instead funneling the money to his ally, pro-impeachment Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who was challenged by Republican Kelly Tshibaka . Both Murkowski and McConnell have been censored by the Alaska Republican Party.

Under McConnell’s Senate leadership, the nation has struggled. The national debt has increased by more than $20 trillion, illegal immigration has continued, real wages for American workers have remained the same, Obamacare was enacted in 2010, major banks bailed out in 2008, and social media companies have silenced individuals without repercussions. Dr. Anthony Fauci remains irresponsible for allegedly lying to Congress twice.

Follow Wendell Husebø further Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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