GOP Senators to McConnell: Get Lost

Mitch McConnell

( – Several Republican US Senators have called for postponing the upcoming GOP leadership election over discontent with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and calls for replacing him after the party did worse than expected in Tuesday’s midterms. 

The Republican Party’s leadership elections are scheduled for Wednesday morning. However, at least seven GOP US senators have called for putting it off as they have doubts about whether McConnell deserves to be reelected. 

Three Republican senators – Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rick Scott of Florida – have penned a letter to their colleagues officially inviting them to agree on postponing the party vote, according to a report by Politico, which obtained the document.

“We are all disappointed that a red wave failed to materialize, and there are multiple reasons it did not,” the senators said in the letter, as cited by Newsmax.

“We need to have serious discussions within our conference as to why and what we can do to improve our chances in 2024,” they added.

The three senators’ letter was sent out before it became clear that the Republicans lost the Senate after Democrat incumbent US Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won the Nevada race against GOP challenger Adam Laxalt.

Before that, at least four other GOP members of the US Senate called for delaying the party leadership elections: Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, and Josh Hawley of Missouri.

Two Republican senators – Hawley and Senator-elect Eric Schmitt, who just got voted into office after serving as Missouri’s Attorney General, have called for Mitch McConnell’s ouster.

Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was expected to challenge McConnell for the leadership post but on Friday backed out.

Senate Minority and party leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has been attacked for withholding party funding from candidates who may not promise to reelect him leader and are allies of former President Donald Trump.

He refused funding to Republican challenger Blake Masters in Arizona, who Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly just beat after the latter outspent the former five-to-one.

McConnell also cut funding to Dan Bolduc, the Republican challenger in New Hampshire, who lost to Democrat incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Despite the calls to delay the Senate Republicans’ vote, McConnell is expected to stay on as leader for the time being. At the same time, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota would likely remain whip, and Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming would probably remain conference chair.