December 2, 2022

MAJOR FAIL: Rick Scott GOES DOWN IN FLAMES in battle for McConnell’s Senate GOP leadership role

Rick Scott GOES DOWN IN FLAMES in battle for McConnell's Senate GOP leadership role

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Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) failed in his attempt to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the official leader of Senate Republicans. The disgraced chair of the National Senatorial Republican Committee failed bigly, getting only 10 votes.

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A secret ballot vote ended with a 37-10 decision in favor of Sen. McConnell.

The Senator from Kentucky came under fire after the GOP’s disappointing midterm election performance. Scott put the blame on his Republican colleague for not putting forth a clear party policy agenda – but McConnell wasn’t phased.

“Scott criticized McConnell for not releasing a Republican agenda ahead of the midterms, and Trump has also sought to blame the longtime leader. Others have raised questions about Scott’s handling of the NRSC and have called for an audit or post-mortem of how he handled funds this cycle,” according to The Washington Post:

“I don’t own this job,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “Anybody in the conference is certainly entitled to challenge me, and I welcome the contest.”

In a recent press conference, Senator McConnell was asked about the criticism from the right, and he doubled down on previous statements that candidate quality matters. “Candidate quality, you recall I said in August, is important.”

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He placed the blame on the extreme MAGA wing of the party, saying ” Chaos, negativity, excessive attacks, it frightened Independent and moderate Republican voters.”

Scott, who was fined nearly $2 billion dollars for defrauding Medicaid and Medicare, took his shot at the long-serving Senate GOP leader — despite mishandling over $100 million of NSRC funds meant to be spent on Republican Senate candidates – and failed.

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The Republican eats Republican phase of the political game has been gaining steam as the establishment GOP seeks to distance itself from the MAGA wing of the party.

Ex-President Donald Trump and his allies have put the full-court press on seeing old-world Republicans like McConnell run out of office. But voters have pushed back – showing Trumpism the door.

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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