Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is afraid that if he gives the party time to organize, he’ll be booted out of leadership. That’s why Cruz says he and other GOP Senators want to delay the vote.
The Texas senator places McConnell in the lead position on his list of people to blame for yet another election that has left Democrats in control of the Senate.
In his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz, the Cancun-fleeing senator declared that there is “plenty of blame to go around” for the GOP’s failure to take the Senate in the predicted “red wave,” but that one of the biggest issues facing his party is Senate leadership.
In a long monologue with plenty of side trips to discuss his own prowess and experience, Cruz described the way Republicans elect leaders and suggested that this is a con carried out to ensure that those in power — or, more specifically, Mitch McConnell — can keep their positions.
Cruz described his first vote for Congressional leadership, and his disappointment that the candidate — the only candidate, McConnell — didn’t describe a plan for leading the party or give reasons he should be given the top Senate position.
Cruz suggests McConnell prefers it that way so that new Senators are forced to throw their support behind an unchallenged candidate before they even have an opportunity to find their way around Congress.
He says there are numerous other Republicans on board, who want to delay the upcoming Wednesday election for leadership, at least until after the Georgia runoff in December.
The only real reason he gives for finding McConnell’s power onerous is that the Senate Republican leader also has a Super PAC — and the donations it doles out to Republican candidates don’t go to the people that Cruz would prefer (including himself).
Cruz laid out his gripe about the upcoming election:
“If you have the number 1 team in the nation and you get crushed and you get crushed and you get crushed, you know what happens? They fire the coach…What is happening is, the Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, is trying to force through a vote on Wednesday.”
He puts a heavy weight, though, on McConnell’s donation decisions:
“Today, Mitch McConnell is the single largest donor to every single Republican Senator, almost without exceptions. He doesn’t give to my campaigns. He didn’t give a penny to Mike Lee’s campaign. Six years ago he didn’t give a penny to Ron Johnson’s campaign…for most of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch is spending 10 million, 20 million, 30 million, as much as 40 million on their races, so most Republicans are scared to cross him.”
Cruz says that Senators Lee and Johnson are both on board with him in delaying the leadership race and defying McConnell, along with others including Josh Hawley, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio.
Stay tuned for the outcome of the GOP Senate’s internecine warfare.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.