GOP Senators Are Preparing for Mitch McConnell’s Retirement, Jockeying Behind the Scenes Ahead of Leadership Vote

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may soon be leaving his leadership role in Washington D.C., according to a new report.

A credible report claims senators are jockeying for positions ahead of an expected retirement announcement.

McConnell was hospitalized following a recent fall and has not been seen in public since.

He has only made a few comments on social media.

According to the report, multiple sources confirm that Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX), and John Thune (R-SD) are talking to other Republican senators to prepare for a leadership vote that would happen after McConnell retired.

The report says McConnell would be retiring from his duties as leader, and “presumably the Senate itself.”

McConnell fell at a dinner on March 8 at the Waldorf Astoria, formerly the Trump Hotel, in Washington, DC. and suffered a concussion.

He has led the Republican Senate since 2007.

He has frequently feuded with President Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

According to The Spectator:

Cornyn has been particularly active in his preparations, taking fellow senators with whom he has little in common to lunch in attempts to court them.

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Requests are being targeted at a plethora of conservative senators, including the sixteen who voted to delay the leadership election earlier this year, a proxy for opposition to McConnell’s leadership. 

Rick Scott, the Florida senator and former NRSC head who challenged McConnell, ultimately received ten protest votes. 

These members could prove key to determining the next Republican leader. 

READ MORE: Mitch McConnell Sides with Democrats, Slams Tucker Carlson over Jan 6 Tapes: ‘It Was a Mistake’

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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