GOP Senator Rick Scott Makes His Move, Announces Challenge to Mitch McConnell In Private Meeting

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (Fla.) announced during a closed-door Senate Republican Conference meeting Tuesday afternoon that he will challenge Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) for his job as top Senate GOP leader according to Scott’s spokesman, McKinley Lewis.

Scott wrote a letter to his fellow GOP Senators that said: “I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute that we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against.

He promised  “to always work to be transparent with each of you and to bring the conference together” and to “lead the conference in developing a positive, aspirational agenda that outlines our legislative goals and what Senate Republicans stand for.” 

He continued:

“I understand that I won’t gain the support of every member of our Conference, but we all have a clear choice to make.

“If you simply want to stick with the status quo, don’t vote for me.

“For those who want to get serious about ending reckless government spending and the devastating inflation it has caused, finally take action to protect Social Security and Medicare and preserve the promise of these programs for our children and grandchildren, hold government accountable from the FBI to the IRS, truly combat the extreme danger posed by Communist China and refocus our military on lethal defense instead of woke nonsense, I ask for your support in changing the direction of the Senate and rescuing America from the dangerous path Democrats have set it on.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with each of you to discuss your priorities and collaborate on how we can achieve this vision.

“Regardless of who we choose to be Republican Leader, I believe that we should treat this as a job interview and demand anyone running for a position of leadership in our conference to be transparent and explain why they deserve our support.

“If elected Leader, I promise you the following:

I will always remember you elected me, and I will work with each of you to

accomplish your goals.

I will work tirelessly to help elect all Republican Senators, whether they are likely to support me or not.

I will never surprise you with legislation and ask that you vote on something you haven’t had an opportunity to review.

I will always work to be transparent with each of you and to bring the conference together.

I will work with each of you to advance Republican priorities and, when possible, force Democrats to vote on our bills.

I will lead the conference in developing a positive, aspirational agenda that outlines our legislative goals and what Senate Republicans stand for.

I will engage with the Republican House to pass Republican priorities.

I will never pressure you to vote in a way that is counter to what you campaigned on or not in the best interests of your state.

I humbly ask for your vote as your next Republican Leader.