In his words, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) the GOP “is dead” and “something new” should replace it.
“Washington Republicanism lost big”
According to the New York Post, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley made that declaration in a series of tweets following last week’s disappointing midterm elections.
The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 13, 2022
Hawley took aim at the party’s Washington leadership, accusing it of compromising on gun control while cozying up to large pharmaceutical companies.
Washington Republicanism lost big Tuesday night. When your “agenda” is cave to Big Pharma on insulin, cave to Schumer on gun control & Green New Deal (“infrastructure”), and tease changes to Social Security and Medicare, you lose
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 10, 2022
“What are Republicans actually going to do for working people?” the Missouri senator demanded before calling for increased energy production, imposing tariffs on China, hiring more police, and moves to “reshore American jobs.”
Hawley and others want Senate leadership vote delayed
In a shot clearly aimed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Hawley expressed agreement with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s call to delay this week’s scheduled leadership vote.
Exactly right. I don’t know why Senate GOP 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? Don’t disenfranchise @HerschelWalker https://t.co/atIETyoCKY
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 11, 2022
Fox News reported on Tuesday that in addition to Hawley and Rubio, six other Republican senators have signed on to a letter asking that the vote be delayed until after Georgia’s runoff election next month.
The network also reported that Hawley told journalists following a pre-election rally last week that he will not support another term for McConnell.
“I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position,” Hawley was quoted as saying.