Senators Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson have been mentioned as possible candidates for Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell by Representative Mo Brooks, who is running for Senate in Alabama.
While speaking on Mobile-based radio station 106.5, Brooks, a Trump supporter who has earned the former president’s backing, anticipated “substantial resistance” to McConnell becoming Senate leader.
Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, and Josh Hawley of Missouri were also mentioned as prospective leaders he may support if elected, however, he said that he would still vote for McConnell over a more moderate Republican.
“However, I’m going to vote for whoever is the most conservative candidate vying for the Republican Senate leadership,” he stated.
He expressed concerns about McConnell’s ability to cooperate with former President Donald Trump, who continues to have tremendous power in the Republican Party.
McConnell’s relationship with Trump has deteriorated in recent months, as the former president continues to trash the Kentucky senator.
He dubbed McConnell the “greatest thing that ever happened to” Democrats in December.
Tensions Between Trump and McConnell
After endorsing President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure program, McConnell drew Trump’s ire.
“I’ve seen nothing to suggest that he’ll be able to work things out with Donald Trump,” Brooks added.
“But we’ll see how that plays out,” he continued, noting McConnell’s poor approval rating as another reason the GOP needs a new leader.
“Keep in mind that when you look at the Real Clear Politics average of all of these big Washington, D.C. figures, Mitch McConnell has by far the worst unfavorable-to-favorable ratio,” he stated.
“We need someone who values the American people more.”
Brooks has been a vocal opponent of McConnell since 2017 when he called for his resignation after the Republican Party failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Richard Shelby’s seat is up for grabs, and he’s running for it. Since 2011, he has served in his Huntsville-based House district.
What Do Polls Say?
According to polls, he is one of two candidates favored to advance to a runoff, with Katie Britt. In Alabama, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to win an election, rather than a plurality.
Because Alabama is one of the most conservative states in the country, whoever wins the primary will be a strong favorite in the general election.