Multiple Republican senators call for postponment of next week’s Senate GOP leadership elections
Multiple Republican senators are calling to postpone the elections for Senate GOP leadership that are slated to occur next week.
“The Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted. “First we need to make sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins in states like #Florida.”
GOP Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming expressed her agreement with Rubio’s remarks: “Second,” she tweeted.
“Exactly right. I don’t know why Senate GOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is finished. We have a runoff in #GASenate – are they saying that doesn’t matter? Don’t disenfranchise @HerschelWalker,” Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri tweeted in response to Rubio’s comments.
While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could become the majority leader again if Republicans regain control of the Senate, when Hawley was asked who he would like to see in the leadership post, he said, “Not Mitch McConnell.”
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker are headed to a December runoff election since neither candidate secured a majority of the votes in the general election contest.
“It makes no sense for Senate to have leadership elections before GA runoff. We don’t yet know whether we’ll have a majority & Herschel Walker deserves a say in our leadership. Critically, we need to hear a specific plan for the next 2 yrs from any candidate for leadership,” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted.
Punchbowl News reported that Republican Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Mike Lee of Utah are disseminating a letter that suggests delaying the leadership elections.
“Holding leadership elections without hearing from the candidates as to how they will perform their leadership duties and before we know whether we will be in the majority or even who all our members are violates the most basic principles of a democratic process. It is certainly not the way leadership elections should be conducted in the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the letter states, according to the outlet. “Accordingly, we propose that we postpone leadership elections until after we know who all our members will be and we all have a chance to hear from leadership candidates as to what type of collaborative conference governing model we should adopt.”