Fox News reports that a group of Republican U.S. senators is pushing to delay the election of the GOP’s next senate leader in an apparent bid to move away from current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The effort is being led by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and others.
GOP congressional leadership elections are scheduled for next week. But, these senators are calling for a delay because the midterm elections are not yet over. In fact, the midterms will not be over for another month or so, when Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herchel Walker faces off against Raphael Warnock, the Democrat incumbent, in a runoff election in Georgia.
“It makes no sense”
Cruz, Hawley, and Rubio have all posted messages on Twitter calling for GOP congressional leadership elections to be delayed.
“It makes no sense” for Senate to have leadership elections before GA runoff,” Cruz wrote.
Rubio wrote: “The Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed. First, we need to make sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins in states like #Florida.”
Hawley joined in, saying, “Exactly right. I don’t know why Sendon’tOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is finished. We have a runoff in #GASenate — are they saying that doesn’t matter? Dodoesn’tenfranchiDon’terschelWalker.”
Other Republican senators pushing for a delay appear to include, at least, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rick Scott (R-FL).
It’s the pleas from Cruz, Hawley, Rubio, and others it appears that Senate Republicans are going to move forward with their leadership elections.
Fox reports “a Senate GOP aide” confirmed to Fox News Digital that elections “will go on as planned.”
If the Senate Republicans do move forward with this vote, it appears that McConnell is a virtual certainty to hold onto his leadership position. All that is required is that a simple majority of Senate Republicans support McConnell, and although there is opposition to him remaining leader, there is not that kind of opposition.
It is looking as though those Americans looking to move away from establishment-type political leaders like McConnell will, unfortunately, have to wait a bit longer.