Mitch McConnell Withstands Leadership Challenge

Following the red ripple spotted in the Senate, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) decided to step into the spotlight and challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the position, claiming Republicans needed to be more “bold and resolute” in an open letter to the GOP released on Tuesday.

“I’m writing to you today because I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against. I do not believe we can simply continue to say the Democrats are radical, which they are. Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with other Senate Republicans, initially requested the vote for leadership be delayed until after the Georgia runoff, but their request was not granted. McConnell was reelected on Wednesday and is expected to be the longest-serving party leader in the Senate’s history.

Although Republicans were unable to win the most easily won senatorial election in recent times, it is clear that the party believes it has no need to alter its course or reorganize. Many might consider that to be unsurprising.

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