Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) are revolting against Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and are calling for the leadership vote to be postponed.
Cruz and Hawley are joining a growing number of Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), calling for the vote to be delayed until after the critical Georgia run-off election.
“The Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed,” Rubio said.
“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.”
Ted Cruz said: “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.”
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.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 11, 2022
Josh Hawley said:
“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.”
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 https://t.co/atIETyoCKY
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 11, 2022
According to Politico:
Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) are circulating a letter pressing colleagues to sign onto a postponement of elections currently scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“We are all disappointed that a Red Wave failed to materialize, and there are multiple reasons it did not,” the senators say in the letter, first obtained by POLITICO.
“We need to have serious discussions within our conference as to why and what we can do to improve our chances in 2024.”
…“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 violating the most basic principles of a democratic process,” their letter reads.
“It is certainly not the way leadership elections should be conducted in the world’s greatest deliberative body.”