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Rick Scott of Florida to challenge Mitch McConnell for Senate Minority Leader

Rick Scott
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(WASHINGTON, DC)– Sen. Rick Scott announced on Twitter that he intends to run against incumbent Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for Senate Minority Leader heading into the new session of Congress.

“The status quo is broken and big change is needed. It’s time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda,” Scott said in a tweet. “That’s why I’m running to be the Senate Republican Leader.”

The move comes in the wake of an underperformance by the GOP in the midterm elections where many of the expected victories in congressional and gubernatorial races did not materialize.

In a letter to colleagues Scott said “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.”

He went on: “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.”

Up to this point no one has challenged Sen. McConnell for the leadership role.

Senate Republicans are set to hold leadership elections on Wednesday.