McConnell Defeats Scott for GOP Senate Leadership

McConnell Defeats Scott for GOP Senate Leadership

Senate Minority Leadership stays intact

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
November 16, 2022

Despite opposition from some Republican Senators, Mitch McConnell (R) has been reelected as the GOP Senate leader. His reelection comes the same week that Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) announced that he would challenge McConnell for the position.

Republican Senators like Marco Rubio (R) and Ted Cruz (R) argued that the vote should be delayed until the Georgia Senate runoff election was decided, citing that Senatorial hopeful Hershel Walker (R) should take part in the conversation regarding the GOP's Senate leadership.

However, even though Senator Cruz introduced a motion to delay the vote, it failed in a 16-32 vote. In the end, an internal conference vote of 37-10 decided that McConnell would continue serving in the leadership position, marking him as the longest-serving party leader in Senate history.

After failing to secure the Senate in the November elections, discussion about the GOP's future questioned the leadership that would guide the party into the 2024 presidential election and onward.

Because of this, Senator Scott took to social media to announce his intention to run, saying that "the status quo is broken and big change is needed." Similarly, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R) warned that the November "election was the funeral for the Republican Party as we know it."

Hawley went on to explain that he did not support McConnell's candidacy for the position.

Senator Scott is the outgoing chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and he has faced criticism for failing to help the GOP secure control of the Senate.

Specifically, GOP members such as Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) have called for an audit of the NRSC's finances. To this, Scott has pushed back.

"When that’s your starting point, you work really hard to make sure there are transparent processes and we are more than happy to sit down with any member of the caucus to walk them through our spending," Scott responded.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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