Mitch McConnell Will Continue Leading Republicans After Winning Bid
(LibertySociety.com) – Although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) garnered the votes he needed to continue in his role starting in January 2023, his support waned from what he’s had in the past. This time around, 37 senators supported the Kentucky legislator as leader of the GOP in the Senate, while 10 voted for Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and one abstained.
Senate Republicans selected Sen. Mitch McConnell to again serve as the Senate GOP leader.
McConnell faced a failed challenge for the position from GOP Sen. Rick Scott. https://t.co/6R1luuWRLP
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With an obvious split within the Republican party in the Lower Chamber, McConnell’s effectiveness comes into question. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) believes the GOP senators need to put their differences aside and unite for the good of the party.
McConnell wasn’t offended by the leadership challenge. In fact, speaking to reporters, he said he “welcome[d] the contest.” Ultimately, he came out victorious, but with many blaming him for the lackluster performance during the midterm elections, it’s unclear if the other senators will rally behind him as minority leader. A group of legislators wanted to put off voting for the Senate leadership position until after the Georgia run-off in December between Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and his competitor Herschel Walker (R). That initiative didn’t work out.
The direction of the GOP in the Senate is unclear with McConnell at the helm. As Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) put it, “[They] don’t have an agenda.”
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