Columnist: Proposed rule changes in Kentucky prompt speculation about McConnell’s future plans

For years, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has sat as the unquestioned leader of the Republican caucus in Congress’ upper chamber. But in a shocking new piece for Newsmax, columnist John Gizzi suggested that the era of McConnell may soon come to an abrupt end.

Writing Monday, Gizzi peeled back the curtain on speculation that McConnell may be teeing up a resignation, saying that new rules changes making their way through the Kentucky state legislature have prompted rumors that the senator is planning to retire.

Under current rules, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has sole discretion “to appoint whomever he chooses to a vacant Senate seat,” Gizzi writes, meaning that if McConnell stepped down, the governor could choose anyone to fill that slot in the upper chamber. But a proposal recently put forward by Republicans in Kentucky — known as Senate Bill 228 — would force the governor to pick from a list drawn up by the party of the outgoing senator.

A list of replacements

It’s an idea that McConnell is said to support. “Moreover, state Republicans have gone as far as to offer a list of three Republicans from which McConnell’s successor will be chosen,” Gizzi reported Monday.

Among those said to be on the list is state Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Known as a staunch conservative, Cameron would be the first African American to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate if chosen.

Other figures who reportedly made the shortlist include former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams. According to Gizzi, both have long-standing ties to Sen. McConnell.

The columnist also notes that Republicans have a veto-proof majority in the Kentucky legislature, making it all the more likely that the proposed changes will pass.

“Of 37 states in which the governor appoints a U.S. Senator in the event of a vacancy, six have laws requiring the new senator be from the same party as the outgoing lawmaker,” Gizzi explained Monday. “Only Hawaii requires its governor to choose from a list prepared by the state executive committee of the outgoing senator.”

McConnell under fire

At 79 years old, McConnell just entered his seventh term in the Senate after cruising to an easy re-election victory in November over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

However, McConnell has faced significant blowback within his own party for his harsh criticism of former President Donald Trump following a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Trump attacked McConnell in return, going after the Kentucky senator along with a number of other top Republicans during his recent address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Now more than ever is the time for tough, strong, and energetic Republican leaders who have spines of steel,” Trump said, according to Fox News. “We cannot have leaders who show more passion for condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to Democrats, the media, and the radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country.”

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  1. Good NEWS! People who DO NOT believe in “AMERICA FIRST” like two- faced Mitch should leave the party!

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  3. Mitch has indeed aged past his usefulness. He, along with many other congressional aged members, need to make for NOT just for young blood, but for more modern, practical ideas.

  4. He would not be MISSED, he is a RINO and has only one thing in mind himself. His ties to China via his wife makes him questionable on how he votes. His tenure in office, the power he has, and his loyalty or lack of. All are suspect.

  5. People like Mitch & a others who wouldn’t support Pres. Trump after he supported them are the Republican Party. That is why I won’t help them. Pres Trump asked them not to use his name & image to solicit money for republicans.

    1. Right on Mavis, The Republican party is a party of a lot of RINO’s, Very few will stand up and fight like Kristi Noem and Jim Jordon. Devin Nunnes etc. Biden is a dementia ridden old man who the feel good democrats let steal the electiion.

  6. i am not sending money to anyone until it is clear where their loyalties lie. there are globalist republicans and they will not get a dime of my money.

  7. This makes about 7 Republicans who are bowing out of Hose or Senate before 2022 elections. I haven’t heard of any Dem/Libs/American Communists leaving. The balance of power may shift forever to our collective chagrin.

  8. I liked Mitch McConnell because he was a McConnell. I am a McConnell by birth and the way he turned on Trump I decided then that he did not have my support anymore.
    Pelosi got to him and I don’t know what hold she has on the senate and Congress to make them all follow her scent, but somehow they are all afraid of her.

  9. Mitch McConnell is a low life Back stabbing POS. And he want to get out before the revaluation starts in America. But it’s to late for him and all the corrupt ones involved in this election fraud because the American people know who all is involved in this conspiracy to destroy our country and our government. There will be no place for you all to hide when the people come after you.

    1. McConnell is one of the reasons Trump didnt get re-elected. He is a low life and a scumbag. Mn. has a bunch of low life federal Senators and we finally gor rid of Collin Peterson.

  10. Good-Bye you old Rino fool!!! Don’t let the Door Hit you in the ARSE on the way out!!!! Can’t wait to see where you Go? China not Kentucky, I presume???
    What a waste of a Senator???? I you want a Friend–Get a Dog.

    RAB

  11. Mitch McConnell is nothing but a coward of a man who will stick a knife in your back while praising you to your face.

  12. It is obvilus that the Gov should obviously pick a person from the same party as the winner was, period. I am not against the party that won draw up a list for th gov to choose from. Mitch is a spineless work who needs to go so if he retires and the gov should pcik from the list submitted by the winning party. To do otherwise is just ridiculous. I am so tired of both of these parties as we need another party that stands up for the constitution, for boarders, against true terrorism including domestic terrorism like blm and antifa, like illegal immigrants, who supports the true history and learning, not what happens in schools today.
    We have alot of work to do because we, the American people, have let the US get this way. It is on us because we did not hold politiv=cians accountable. Many just want politicians to retire, leave office, get voted out, when in relity many should be prosecuted, wealth confiscated when you can show that wealth was gained illegally, which would not be hard to show, and given the harshes sentences available.

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