Sen. Rick Scott Announces Bid To Unseat Mitch McConnell From Top Senate Post

Scott announced on Tuesday that he is running against Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader.

  • The announcement follows days of speculation that Scott would seek to take McConnell’s role as the party’s Senate leader.
  • “I’m writing to you today because I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against,” Scott said in a letter to GOP colleagues. “I do not believe we can simply continue to say the Democrats are radical, which they are. Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values.”
  • Senate Republicans are set to hold their leadership elections Wednesday morning. If McConnell wins again, he would become the longest-serving party leader in Senate history.
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