‘I’m not going anywhere’: Senate leader Mitch McConnell rejects claims he will retire leader despite frequent attacks from Trump and people in his own party
- “I don’t think we’ll have a vacancy,” McConnell added
- The 79-year-old was reelected in November
- He has served since 1985
- Supported effort in Kentucky to ensure that his temporary successor is a Republican
- State lawmakers ignored the Democratic governor’s veto
- Trump called him a ‘stiff, gruff and unsmiling political hack’
- McConnell said Trump “ provoked ” Capitol uproar
Senate leader Mitch McConnell tried to quell rumors he intended to leave after a Republican power game in his home state of Kentucky that ensures he will be succeeded by a Republican if he leaves before his term ends.
‘I don’t think we’ll get a vacancy. I’m not going anywhere, ”McConnell said Tuesday.
He spoke after the GOP-controlled legislature voted Monday to override Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s veto after he tried to strike legislation that would require him to fill a temporary vacancy in a senate seat with a member of the party that occupied the seat.
‘I’m not going anywhere’: Senate leader Mitch McConnell said he has no plans to retire, despite backing a state legislative effort that will ensure that his temporary successor is a Republican if he leaves office early or otherwise leaves his seat
McConnell, 79, was reelected in November and has served in the Senate since 1985.
After denouncing President Trump for “ provoking ” the January 6 uprising at the Capitol, McConnell has re-emerged as the most powerful force opposing the Biden agenda in the Senate.
He has threatened “scorched earth” tactics if the Democrats used their narrow majority to push through legislative changes.
‘I have just been elected for a six-year term. And I am still the leader of my party in the Senate, ”he told reporters in Kentucky.
Former President Donald Trump (R) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had a strong partnership while Trump was in office, but broke up after the January 6 riot following Trump’s attempt to reverse the election
The bill in question requires the governor to select people to temporarily fill a vacancy of the state party executive committee that controls the seat – effectively giving McConnell the power to pre-appoint at least his temporary successor.
While McConnell pulled the strings, Republican sponsor Robert Stivers said this month that McConnell “is not sick” and is not leaving, the hill reported.
Statements made by McConnell come after Trump smashed him in a written statement in February highlighting the schism within the party.
“Mitch is a stiff, gruff, and unsmiling political hacker, and if Republican senators stick with him, they won’t win anymore,” Trump said in a statement from his PAC.
McConnell, whose senate administration is a stone’s throw from where MAGA rioters were wild, had said Trump was “ practically and morally responsible ” for the riot. McConnell also defended House GOP Conference Chairman Rep. Liz Cheney, who impeached Trump even though his maneuvers ensured Trump’s historic second impeachment took place after he left office.
Since Trump left office, House Republican leaders have made the trip to Mar-a-Lago, and Trump has repeatedly spoken out as a force in the party.