Leadership vote for Mitch McConnell scheduled despite resistance within GOP

The vote for Mitch McConnell (KY) to remain the GOP’s top Senate leader remains on schedule despite opposition from some party members.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wrote a letter on Friday to block any delay to the Wednesday leadership vote.

The letter

“We look forward to meeting next week with our new and returning members. I expect a full and open discussion beginning at Tuesday’s policy lunch on our path forward,” Barrasso wrote in a letter, Breitbart News reported. “On Wednesday we will meet again for our scheduled conference for elections.”

“I welcome the questions and points made in the letter circulated by Senators Rick Scott, Lee and Johnson,” he added.

The concern

“We need to have serious discussions within our conference as to why and what we can do to improve our chances in 2024,” letter asking to postpone leadership elections from some GOP senators said.

“Holding leadership elections without hearing from the candidates as to how they will perform their leadership duties and before we know whether we will be in the majority or even who all our members are violates the most basic principles of a democratic process. It is certainly not the way leadership elections should be conducted in the world’s greatest deliberative body,” it added.

Among those supporting a delay is Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

“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,” Rubio tweeted.

The signs of frustration among Republicans are very clear as the party seeks to move forward after a less than compelling red wave in the midterms.