Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday won reelection as Senate GOP leader, although ten defectors voted for challenger Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). McConnell received 37 “yes” votes and ten votes against, with one senator voting present.
The votes against McConnell mark the first time he has received a “no” vote for the leadership role, a sign the Republican Party has begun to turn against his establishment agenda.
“I don’t own this job,” McConnell told reporters after the vote. “Anybody who wants to run for it can feel free to do so. So I’m not in any way offended by having an opponent or having a few votes in opposition.”
First elected as GOP leader in 2006, McConnell’s reelection will potentially make him the longest-serving Senate party leader in history.
Under McConnell’s leadership, the nation – and conservative voters nationwide – have hardly thrived.
The national debt has increased to over $20 trillion, illegal immigration has persisted, real wages for American workers have remained stagnant, Obamacare was enacted in 2010, big banks were bailed out in 2008, social media companies have silenced individuals without repercussions, and Dr. Anthony Fauci remains unaccountable for allegedly twice lying to Congress.
Just seven percent of voters view McConnell favorably, while 81 percent view him unfavorably, Wednesday polling revealed.
McConnell’s reelection was challenged on Tuesday by Scott, who argued against the status quo and for a plan to advance conservative principles. His challenge gained considerable support, considering that McConnell holds significant power over the conference.