Rick Scott Launches Bid to Replace Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP Leader

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced back in February 2024 that he would not run for another term as the Republican’s Senate minority leader.

Since then, Republicans have been coming out of the woodwork throwing their hats in the ring to replace him.

Republican Senators John Thune (R-SD) and John Cornyn (R-TX) immediately announced their own bids.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has now announced his own intentions to join the race.

Scott didn’t leave any confusion about why he’s running for McConnell’s spot.

He announced in his declaration message to colleagues that “I believe now is a moment we need dramatic change.”

Back in 2022, Scott challenged McConnell for the top spot in the Republican Senate.

He ran as a conservative alternative.

In that race, McConnel received 37 “yes” votes and 10 “no” votes.

One senator simply voted “present.”

While McConnell did win that vote, it was evidence that more challenges were on the horizon.

That had been the first time McConnell had ever received a challenge for the top post of Senate Republicans.

Thune and Cornyn are thought of to be relatively establishment candidates, but Rick Scott is promising change if he gets the job.

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Scott says he’s taking aim at corrupt politicians making backroom deals and wants to do things the right way in Congress.

“There have been far too many backroom deals cut in secret, rarely do things go through the committee process, and it’s accepted practice to not allow amendment votes to trillion-dollar spending bills,” Scott said.

“We are routinely surprised with legislation and asked to vote on it without having had an input or even time to review it.”

McConnel wasn’t named in the letter, but it wasn’t hard to tell who Scott was criticizing.

“Republicans all across America want the Republicans they elected to the U.S. Senate to stop caving in to Democrat demands, this is not an unreasonable request or expectation.”

Rick Scott seems to be hitching his wagon to Donald Trump, who Scott insists is going to be America’s next president after the votes in November 2024 are tallied up.

If people are worried about Thune and Cornyn being able to work well with Trump, then Rick Scott claims to be exactly who they need.

Scott is saying that there’s nobody better than him to work with Trump if the 45th president wins re-election this November.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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