Sunday, March 3, 2024

Club for Growth Leader Blames McConnell for Lackluster Midterms

'Mitch failed to make this a referendum on why Republicans were better than the Biden agenda and the Democrats... '

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) As Republicans attempt to take stock of their relative failure to take advantage of momentum in the recent midterms, some are turning on Congressional leadership, particularly Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

David McIntosh, the president of the conservative political organization Club for Growth, was asked what McConnell’s future might look like if Republicans fail to take control of the Senate, the National File reported.

McIntosh, a former congressman, said that Republicans are tired of being in the minority, and that much of that falls at the feet of McConnell.

“They don’t like serving in the minority. And they don’t see the vision of getting back to the majority. And I think they’ll quietly distance themselves from their support from it,” McIntosh said.

He also suggested that McConnell had failed to win when Republicans had every possible advantage.

“Mitch failed to make this a referendum on why Republicans were better than the Biden agenda and the Democrats, and he knocked down anybody’s efforts to have a platform to run on.”

McConnell’s “style of campaigning”, in McIntosh’s view, is to “spend money and go back and use that money to try to get yourself elected. It didn’t work in a lot of these close races.”

Perhaps most notably, McConnell failed to allocate funding to key races for petty partisan reasons.

For example, he pulled funding from Blake Masters‘ campaign in Arizona weeks before the election. It now appears that Masters will lose to Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly in a traditionally red state.

Of course, McConnell has turned his back on any Republicans who support former President Donald Trump.

Earlier this year, the ages senator claimed that vote fraud is not really an issue that should concern Americans.

“I think we have a very solid democracy,” he said. “I don’t think—of the things that we need to worry about, I wouldn’t be worried about that one.”

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