Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has stated unequivocally that he will work tirelessly to ensure that the strongest general election candidate emerges from next year’s contentious GOP Senate primaries.
“There’s no doubt that in order to win, you have to appeal to a general election audience in most states that will determine who is in the majority next time,” McConnell told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday. “And some of the candidates who filed in these primaries clearly aren’t.” That’s something I’ll keep an eye on. Hopefully, we will not be required to intercede.We will, though, if we do.
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Mitch McConnell’s comments are widely interpreted as a warning to former President Donald Trump, who has just stated that he intends to run for President in 2022.
While Trump hasn’t specified any criteria for which candidates he will support and why we do have some significant indications. Trump is fond of people (and politicians) who are fond of him. The more you applaud Trump (and believe in his increasingly bizarre conspiracy theories), the more he favours you.
You’ll notice that this has nothing to do with whether a contender has the best chance of gaining a seat in the general election in November. Trump is all about himself, and his endorsements are likely to reflect that. Whether you like him or not, Mitch McConnell has long been focused on the GOP and securing as many seats as possible.
Those two points of view will surely clash. Indeed, it is already taking place in Alaska. Following her vote to impeach Trump for his behaviour (and inaction) during the January 6 US Capitol riot, Trump has repeatedly attacked Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R). “I believe Alaska people will punish her hard in 15 months, and I will be there to campaign against her!” Last week, Trump vowed in a statement.
Trump is just talking and practical work is unlikely
Although Trump has yet to support a candidate to challenge Murkowski, Kelly Tshibaka, a former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner, has announced her candidacy and is positioning herself as a Trump-it alternative to the incumbent.
Mitch McConnell has an issue with this. Senators ALWAYS back senators seeking reelection, unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-aligned super PAC, has already endorsed Murkowski, claiming she “embodies the long Alaska heritage of successful Republican leadership that achieves results for the state and its inhabitants.”
While Alaska is currently the only Senate race in which McConnell and Trump are at odds, it does not appear to be the last. Take, for example, Missouri. Rep. Vicky Hartzler is the most recent addition to the GOP field in the open-seat battle to replace retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R). This kind of disarray in the GOP race plays right into the hands of former Gov. Rick Perry’s hands.
Eric Greitens, the controversial former governor who resigned after a woman testified that he pushed her into sexual acts and threatened to expose obscene images of her if she reported their relationship. (Previously, Greitens denied ever blackmailing or threatening the lady.)
Greitens has made it clear that he wants to be the Trump candidate in the election. I believe that Missourians today require a fighter in the United States Senate “Greitens said earlier this year in a video announcing his campaign.”They need someone who will defend President Trump’s America First policies and safeguard Missourians against Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer’s radical leftist agenda, as I will and as I am dedicated to doing.