Rick Scott Lashes Out at McConnell in Sign of Dimming Republican Hopes for Senate

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The Senate’s Republican campaign chief on Thursday appeared to escalate an ugly quarrel with the party’s longtime leader in the chamber, Senator Mitch McConnell, in the latest sign of the G.O.P.’s eroding confidence about winning back the majority in November.
Without naming Mr. McConnell, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, lashed out in a blistering opinion piece in The Washington Examiner at Republicans he said were “trash-talking” the party’s candidates, an apparent reference to comments last month in which Mr. McConnell said that “candidate quality” could harm the G.O.P.’s chances of retaking the Senate. Mr. Scott called such remarks “treasonous” and said those who make them should “pipe down.”
“Unfortunately, many of the very people responsible for losing the Senate last cycle are now trying to stop us from winning the majority this time by trash-talking our Republican candidates,” Mr. Scott wrote. “It’s an amazing act of cowardice, and ultimately, it’s treasonous to the conservative cause.”

Speaking to reporters in his home state last month, Mr. McConnell conceded that Republicans had a stronger chance of winning back control of the House than the Senate in November.
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“Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” he said at a Chamber of Commerce lunch in Florence, Ky. The comment was widely interpreted to reflect Mr. McConnell’s growing concern about Republicans’ roster of Senate recruits, which includes several candidates who have been endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump and appear to be struggling in competitive races.



The intraparty feuding comes at a fraught moment for Mr. McConnell, who once boasted of being “100 percent focused” on stymieing President Biden’s agenda and appeared confident of his chance to reclaim the mantle of Senate majority leader given Democrats’ tiny margin of control. Those aspirations have dimmed substantially of late as Democrats have racked up a series of legislative accomplishments and Republican candidates have foundered in key contests.
Mr. McConnell’s aides have downplayed the significance of his comment about “candidate quality,” arguing that it was designed to spur donors to help underfunded Republicans in the homestretch of the campaign. Mr. McConnell subsequently hosted a fund-raiser in Louisville for Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate in Georgia; Dr. Mehmet Oz, the candidate in Pennsylvania; and Representative Ted Budd of North Carolina, who is also running for Senate.

“Leader McConnell’s been on airplanes and on the phone all month, and that helped make August the biggest month of the cycle so far,” said Jack Pandol, a spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund, the political action committee Mr. McConnell controls, which has become the main vehicle for donors to support Republican candidates.
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A spokesman for Mr. McConnell declined to comment.
Privately, some Senate campaign operatives have savaged Mr. Scott, saying they were befuddled by his decision to embark last month on an Italian yacht vacation at the same time that the committee was pulling television reservations in critical states, signaling it was losing hope of victories there. The trip was reported by Axios.
Mr. Scott has been at odds with Mr. McConnell since Mr. Scott released his “11-Point Plan to Rescue America,” presenting it as a policy platform for the midterm elections. Mr. McConnell emphatically rejected the plan, telling reporters, “We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years.”
Mr. Scott has never backed down from promoting his plan. And on Thursday, he took on Mr. McConnell in his strongest words yet.
“If you want to trash-talk our candidates to help the Democrats, pipe down,” he wrote in the opinion piece. “That’s not what leaders do.”
He added, “When you complain and lament that we have ‘bad candidates,’ what you are really saying is that you have contempt for the voters who chose them. Now we are at the heart of the matter. Much of Washington’s chattering class disrespects and secretly (or not so secretly) loathes Republican voters.”

 

LuteHawk

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With Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in
Georgia it is a fact.......poor quality candidates have
severely doomed the GOP from being the majority
party in the U.S. Senate. 2022 will be the year the
GOP lost the Senate due to Trump endorsed idiots.
 

tumorboy

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Aren't some GOP Senators and fund raisers already pointed fingers at Scott for potential mismanaging GOP Senate election funds. They went from around 120 Million going into summer now down to like 30 million.
 

MitchLL

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It doesn't matter how many times Fox Network trots out these inferior, Trump backed GOP Senate candidates... they're still the same inferior candidates.

Lobbing softball questions at Hershel Walker, likely scripted in advance, isn't fooling anyone.
 
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Chishawk1425

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Return Of The Jedi Episode 6 GIF
 

CLUB215

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Iowa City
With Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in
Georgia it is a fact.......poor quality candidates have
severely doomed the GOP from being the majority
party in the U.S. Senate. 2022 will be the year the
GOP lost the Senate due to Trump endorsed idiots.
I think 2020 was (or specially, January 5 2021 in Georgia).
 

MitchLL

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Tonite's Biden speech is sure to trigger a response from the Radical Right tomorrow.

Something along the lines of..."He's a Divider, not a Unifier".

Protip... Republicans only care about these things when a Democrat is in the WH.

Calling out Radical Right activists is a good thing and should be celebrated.

That said... dem der Republican tears is delicious.
 
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MitchLL

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You wanna see more shit hitting the fan???????????

Wait until Val Demmings closes the gap on Lil Marco. Some recent polling shows her closing to within 3 points, well within the MOE.
 

ICHawk-I

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The finger pointing has begun.

Civil War amongst the GOP.

Ya just hate to see it. ;)

I'm waiting for the cannibal phase of the GOP implosion. If charges come down against Trump you'll see the GOP back away from him (minus the ring kissing die hard MAGAts) and then the infighting will really get nasty.
 

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I'm waiting for the cannibal phase of the GOP implosion. If charges come down against Trump you'll see the GOP back away from him (minus the ring kissing die hard MAGAts) and then the infighting will really get nasty.
The House and fight for Speaker and influence is where the real drama will be. Gonna be nuts. Game of Thrones.
 

MitchLL

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I'm waiting for the cannibal portion of the GOP implosion. If charges come down against Trump you'll see the GOP back away from him (minus the ring kissing die hard MAGAts) and then the infighting will really get nasty.
Agree. From a purely political POV, the longer this investigation drags out, the worse it is for Republicans on the ballot.

It really forces the hand of the RNC in terms of allotting political donations to campaigns. Same with the SuperPacs. They're already being forced to spend $$$ in the Ohio Senate race that seemed like a Republican lock only one month ago. There are 21 GOP held Senate seats up for reelection. While not all are close... that's a lot of races to defend. And Republicans aren't getting any Putin $$$ this time. He's got a few other things going on right now.
 

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“We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years.” Mr. Scott has never backed down from promoting his plan.
Democrats need to jackhammer and cement Scott's ludicrous 11 point plan into the minds of voters in every damn federal election this Fall.

For decades Republicans have protesed that Democrats were grandstanding on Medicare and SS; they have insisted that they were trying to save the entitlement programs.

Along comes Dred Scott to put any confusion to rest - and he puts it all in writing! Not only did he built the cross but he handed the Dems a hammer. Go to work! Nail that bastard and his plan to every billboard coast to coast.
 

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Lute could tell us about the good old days, when the headline ‘Senator lashes colleague’ meant something!


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That is actually a great call back.

The current group of imbecilic, radical, ill-tempered, treasonous and small-brained Trump sycophants that make up a majority of the current Republican congressional delegation have a ton in common with South Carolina Sen. Preston Brooks, a pro-slavery, radical, imbecilic, ill-tempered, treasonous secessionist.