Look Who Mitch McConnell Is Blaming — It’s Not Trump
(RightWing.org) – A week after the November 8, 2022, midterm election, Senate Republicans are infighting in the wake of the results. Heading into election day, many pundits thought it was plausible the GOP could have realistically picked up a net of one seat to flip the upper chamber from blue to red. Now, the Democrats are assured the majority with another 50/50 split and Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker or possibly a one-seat pickup after the December 6 runoff in Georgia.
The division among Senate leadership emerged in the primary season. In April, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the political atmosphere favored Republicans. Still, he cautioned that “unacceptable” primary winners could lose the general election. Despite all the back and forth with former President Donald Trump, McConnell is now blaming Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) for the poor showing.
McConnell Supporter Blames Scott — Not Trump
On Tuesday, November 15, McConnell’s former chief of staff and current Republican strategist, Josh Holmes, blasted Scott, who leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Holmes told the Wall Street Journal that Scott’s errors in fundraising, political strategy, and communications helped lead to the losses. He accused the senator of running the NRSC as his own Super PAC by not wanting or asking for input from GOP senators. The McConnell ally noted that, historically, Republicans are deeply involved.
Holmes also criticized Scott for floating a proposed law that would require Congress to reauthorize federal spending on programs such as Social Security and Medicare every five years. The Florida Senator also suggested that low-income Americans should pay federal income taxes but later retracted the idea.
Democrats seized on Scott’s proposals as a campaign strategy, while McConnell dismissed the ideas publicly. Privately, Holmes stated the minority leader scolded him for the public statements and said leaders “don’t have the ability to do something like this without other people carrying your water.”
NRSC Pushes Back
NRSC spokesman Chris Hartline pushed back and said McConnell’s friends who run the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) Super PAC undermined the NRSC and harmed senate campaigns by “constantly trashing” Republican candidates. He also stated McConnell’s allies told donors not to give to NRSC campaigns.
After the primary season, the SLF refused to contribute funds to senate candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire that Trump backed. Yet, they gave $9 million to anti-Trump Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who had been in a tough fight against Trump-backed senate challenger Kelly Tshibaka.
Hartline also said the NRSC never kept Republican Senators out of the loop. He stated they consulted every one of them and kept them abreast of all the happenings at the NRSC.
Sen. Scott’s political adviser, Curt Anderson, placed the blame for the disappointing election results on everyone. He said the SLF, NRSC, McConnell, the party, and the candidates were all to blame for the loss.
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