Although a number of high profile special Congressional elections have already taken place to fill seats vacated by Trump Cabinet appointees, there is still at least one yet to happen. Earlier this year, the now former Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, appointed Luther Strange to serve in the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became Attorney General.
This fall, Strange is going to face an election, and one of his challengers appeared on CNN this week with some harsh words for the Senate GOP, including Strange. Staunch Trump supporter and Senate candidate Rep. Mo Brooks’ strategy to get elected is evidently to come in with his metaphorical guns blazing. The topic of discussion on Friday was the recent failure of the Senate GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Brooks’ time on CNN led off with host Chris Cuomo asking him:
‘Do you believe there is a chance for the American people to get what they always say they want most, which is to get the left and the right working together for them?’
Rep. Brooks didn’t answer. Instead, he took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying:
‘Well let’s be clear about what’s happened over the last 24 hours in the United States Senate. It was an abject failure. It was a failure of the United States Senate to do what America needs doing… I hope they won’t quit. And if they’re going to quit, well then, by God, maybe they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position and letting somebody new, somebody bold, somebody conservative take the reins.’
When pressed about whether or not he “thinks it’s time for a change for the Republicans in the Senate,” Brooks continued:
‘Unquestionably, the leadership at the top is responsible. The buck stops there, that’s why you take on that kind of responsibility. And if Mitch McConnell cannot get the job done on this, how is he going to get the job done on the rest of President Trump’s agenda over the next three-and-a-half years? As I see it right now, this is a killer.’
Will McConnell step aside in some capacity? Only time will tell. It’s a very real possibility that one of the side effects of the Trump Administration is that even more radically right political blocs feel emboldened come 2018 elections.
What also remains to be seen is whether sitting GOP Senators feel the same way as Brooks.
Watch Brooks’ appearance on CNN below.
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Brooks is poised to come in third in the upcoming primary election for Strange’s Senate seat, according to a recent poll.
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