Numerous Republican senators have called for the postponement of elections for Senate GOP leadership, which are scheduled to take place next week.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted, “The Senate GOP leadership vote should be delayed next week.” “First, we must ensure that those who are interested in leading us are truly committed to fighting for our priorities and values (of all backgrounds) which gave us huge wins in states such as #Florida.”
Wyoming GOP Senator Cynthia Lummis expressed her agreement with Rubio’s comments: “Second,” She tweeted.
— Cynthia Lummis 🦬 (@CynthiaMLummis) November 11, 2022
“Exactly right.” There is a runoff in the #GASenate. Are they saying it doesn’t matter? Responding to Rubio’s remarks, Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri tweeted “Don’t disenfranchise @HerschelWalker.”
If Republicans win control of the Senate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may become the majority leader once again. However, Hawley said that he did not want to see Mitch McConnell in the position of leadership.
Since neither candidate won a majority in the general election, incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock or Republican challenger Herschel Walk are heading to a December runoff election.
“It is absurd for Senate to hold leadership elections before the GA runoff. We don’t know yet if we will have a majority and Herschel Walker should be able to participate in our leadership. We need to hear specific plans for the next two years from any candidate for leadership, Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted.
Punchbowl News reported on Republican Senators. Rick Scott in Florida, Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, and Mike Lee from Utah are sending a letter suggesting delaying the leadership election.
“Organizing elections for leadership without having heard from candidates about how they will carry out their leadership duties, and before we know if we will be in majority or who all of our members are, violates the most fundamental principles of democracy.” According to the outlet, it is not how leadership elections should be conducted in “the world’s largest deliberative body.” “Accordingly we propose to postpone the leadership elections until we know who our members are and all of us have an opportunity to hear from candidates for leadership on what type of collaborative conference governing model to adopt.”