Mitch McConnell announces support for succession bill, strengthening resignation rumors

Amid an intensifying intraparty battle over the future of the GOP, a number of leaders on the right are jostling to solidify their hold on power into the 2022 midterm elections and beyond.

According to The Intercept, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly backed a bill in the Kentucky legislature that would require that state’s governor to fill a vacancy created by a U.S. Senator’s departure with an individual hailing from the same political party, in what some see as a signal that the longtime D.C. power broker may not serve the full six years of his current term.

As reported by Louisville NPR affiliate station WFPL, McConnell’s support for Senate Bill 228 comes at a time when legislators in the Bluegrass State endeavor to whittle away power held by Gov. Andy Beshear (D). If passed, the measure would drastically alter the manner in which replacements are currently chosen, namely, governors enjoy free rein to choose whomever they wish.

The bill under consideration would require the governor to select a senator’s replacement from a list of three candidates tapped by the state party of which the departing lawmaker is a member, as the Associated Press noted. Kentucky’s Senate seats are currently occupied by McConnell and Rand Paul, both Republicans.

According to The Intercept, McConnell has already begun narrowing his preferred list of successors, which likely includes current Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, and former U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft.

McConnell, 79, has served in the Senate since 1985, and was re-elected to a seventh term this past November, by a healthy margin. He has been the leader of his party’s caucus since 2007, but with Democrats taking narrow control of the Senate after the 2020 election, he finds himself in the minority position for the first time since 2015.

Even so, he is working hard to safeguard his legacy within a party that is increasingly divided between establishment figures like himself and those with a more populist message, such as Donald Trump. The former president has harshly criticized McConnell in recent days by calling him “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,” further warning that “if Republican senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”

Though it is not entirely clear why McConnell is engaged in this push at this particular point in time, possible reasons could include heretofore undisclosed concerns about the senator’s age and health, the escalating war of words with Trump, and an overriding desire to hand-pick his successor.

Whether McConnell is already aware of specific reasons that would prevent him from serving his full six-year term, or he is simply engaging in what The Intercept referred to as “the long game he has played his entire career,” remains to be seen.

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oxvow.com (@guest_94552)
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5 months ago

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Ladonna Waller (@guest_28612)
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6 months ago

That’s why they r making us look like idiots. Look who is running this country he don’t know where he is half the time and nobody doing nothing

Don (@guest_27376)
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6 months ago

Dont’ hesitate. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you. You’ve been useless to the people for far too long.

Jerry Griffin (@guest_27206)
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6 months ago

I’ve known of McConnel for over 20 years and don’t know of anything done for the American people. If I’m wrong please let me know – I still think politicians are in the game to line their own pockets and do nothing for America !!! Correct me if I’m wrong, but, politicians care more about their “extra” bank statement than they do about the American people !!! Again, correct me if I’m wrong in my thinking – I’m just an American citizen !!!

Marlene deRonde (@guest_26987)
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6 months ago

We need to get rid of career Politicians. Most have been there Ssooo long that they haven’t advanced with time. Term Limits are desperately needed. PeeLousy, Schoomer, and many more need to go-!!!

Mea (@guest_26957)
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6 months ago

Time for the SWAMP RATS to abandon the SWAMP….. Mitch will not be missed…. however, it’s good he is making sure that his replacement will be a Republican and not a DEMONRAT…. let’s also be warned that he ain’t another RINO like himself!!!!

sue kalamaras (@guest_26927)
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6 months ago

sue says:

he is the most dishonent two face human being. the usa senate would be alot better without him!

Thomas (@guest_26852)
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6 months ago

McConnell who!

Samuel Meachem (@guest_26831)
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6 months ago

It is about he retires. He is old enough to be my great grandfather. That is why there should be a limit to how many times you can be re-elected..

R. KERCH (@guest_26636)
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6 months ago

McConnel enjoys the chinese money more than being an american for the people….good riddance!!!!

Mary Woods (@guest_26363)
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6 months ago

As long as the replacement is not dead or under investigation for a federal crime I believe it’s a good policy to replace with a same party. Just have a vote in the state rather than just an appointment by the governor. That would be too much power one person’s hands.

Mary Woods (@guest_26362)
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6 months ago

As long as the replacement is not a RHINO or under investigation for a federal crime I believe it’s a good policy to replace with a same party. Just have a vote in the state rather than just an appointment by the governor. That would be too much power one person’s hands.

Mary Woods (@guest_26360)
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6 months ago

Whether or not President Trump runs again America needs someone who will reinstate his policies and continue to work to MAGA and work for the health of the American people. We need to go back to his foreign policies, continue to build our military, backing our first responders and insuring integrity of our elections
No one can do what President Trump did as well as he did. I believe we must reelect President Trump and then a solid businessman or woman who will continue to keep America first for the good of America and the world. Pray for us.

Kenneth Barr (@guest_26354)
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6 months ago

Why?????

TAIWAN COMMONER (@guest_26308)
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6 months ago

If anyone really wanted to make some money they would invent a QUICK, ACCURATE AND RELABILE way to test people for the virus! Test everyone before they get on a plane, test them all when they get off a plane in a foreign country, before they are allowed through immigration. You fail the test you go back to where you came from! I don’t know why the airlines never did this for themselves as this would have saved them billions!

Angelika (@guest_26355)
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Reply to  TAIWAN COMMONER
6 months ago

Okay…..BUT, biden ordered to open the Southern border and they have to release the migrants, even or especially the ones who tested POSITIVE for COVID, loading them on buses and SPREADING them around…..WHAT ABOUT THAT…?????

TAIWAN COMMONER (@guest_26305)
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6 months ago

He has angered A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF the GOP and finally crossed the line with his comments about the Jan 6th riots, even though the facts are many there were not Trump supporters, AND HE KNOWS IT! He never supported TRUMP and MAGA! While the Biden DOJ quietly drop charges on BLM and ANTIFA rioters, who had MANY MORE RIOTS WITH HIGHER DAMAGES, AND DESTRUCTION THEY ARE NOW WORKING ON LABELING TRUMP SUPPORTERS AS “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS”! I AM SICK OF MCCONNELL AND HIS POLITICAL FENCE SITTING. GOOD RIDDANCE, BUT REPLACE HIM WITH A REAL REPUBLICAN! RINOS NEED NOT APPLY!

VIRGINIA B LEGGETT (@guest_26256)
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6 months ago

THE QUESTION IS WHO’S TAKING HIS PLACE??? AND WILL THEY FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE??? OR WILL THEY LAY DOWN AND ROLL OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED A FIGHTER IN HIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sharon (@guest_26186)
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6 months ago

I hope he picks Trump as his replacement. A Nd Trump can impeach Biden and Harris. And them run for re-election of President.
God I only wish. We need Trump more then ever now,

Fred (@guest_26174)
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6 months ago

This would be a good time for him to go home and enjoy spending time with his family.

lucion lawsongolden eagle (@guest_26980)
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Reply to  Fred
6 months ago

Very good time for him to ride the old horse into the sun set !before it’s to late ?being a political figure is not safe as it was !!!

Susan Staley (@guest_26163)
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6 months ago

I read a huge article on McConnell, so I don’t want to misjudge him yet. Biden Administration To Create Task Force To Address China-Linked Cyber Attack Against Microsoft
Biden the boob and Harris, now there’s some hard evidence of stupid. McConnells wife’s connection to China is bazaar, my question, WHY would McConnell turn his back on something he has believed in his entire life. Mystery, unless he just gave up on the country, or his wife took him down the Communist Chinese rode, which should be a hard lesson.

Stevo (@guest_26160)
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6 months ago

He still has income from shipping cocaine in his family’s ships !

Dixie Mcgrath (@guest_26152)
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6 months ago

See, God does answers prayers, thank you Lord. Hallelujah. Amen. Dixie

Dewey Dove (@guest_26148)
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6 months ago

What else can I add to your comments? It all been said.

Patty (@guest_26144)
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6 months ago

Mc Connell should retire! And a real patriot put in his place!

Guenther (@guest_26141)
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6 months ago

McConnell did not like President Trump from day 1. It may be because Trump did not take stall tactics from McConnell. I did not like McConnell my self he seamed to 2 faced. Its a good decision of McConnell we need some one with guts and don’t back down from the demorats. Its your turn Lindsey go get that scum

Alice (@guest_27380)
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Reply to  Guenther
6 months ago

What must be accomplished is to impeach Biden….Pelosi … and Harris. They are destroying Our Country. McConnell is ok …he actually wanting to save our country.

Ted R (@guest_26137)
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6 months ago

Not a big supporter of Mitch, but it would be patently unfair for him to leave office and be replaced by Governor’s fiat by an opposing party hack. When Shamela left in January to ‘run the country’ if a Republican were in the Governor’s mansion in Sacramento there would have been hue and cry against a conservative being given her post in Washington. Fair is fair, which seems to be a lost concept in modern politics. Glad to be old and not have to see the collapse of America.

ralph (@guest_26124)
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6 months ago

just like taking out the TRASH– wont be missed —

russell remmert (@guest_26121)
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6 months ago

Patricia spot on

Jim Ford (@guest_26120)
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6 months ago

Goodbye, Good luck, enjoy the money you’ve earned (?) and please stay out of the political arena and most of all good riddance.

Louise Kasperbauer (@guest_26287)
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Reply to  Jim Ford
6 months ago

I imagine he will go with his Chinese wife to her homeland as her father owns a huge transportation conglomerate over there.

Jim (@guest_26562)
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Reply to  Louise Kasperbauer
6 months ago

Right on.

Patricia L Stafford (@guest_26117)
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6 months ago

Good RIddance

Terry Bell (@guest_27211)
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Reply to  Patricia L Stafford
6 months ago

I agree !

Michael S Dowling (@guest_26114)
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6 months ago

Don’t let the door hit you on your a double s on the way out loser

Dee (@guest_26112)
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6 months ago

Not fond of McConnell at all . That Bums speech after the second ridiculous impeachment failed was all the proof I needed to see what a Bum he is . He’s Also in China’s pocket as detailed in schweitzers book and out to enrich Himself like too many in Washington are . I hope he does step down , he won’t be missed that’s for sure !

Michel Guzzetta (@guest_26158)
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Reply to  Dee
6 months ago

I believe his wife is under investigation also

Nina McClelland (@guest_26110)
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6 months ago

Just discussing this . He has burned his bridge and can’t go back . He was not to be trusted ,and the attorney general in Kentucky is a smart guy much smarter than the governor there . Don’t think he would be missed.

Ken of Mo (@guest_27080)
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Reply to  Nina McClelland
6 months ago

His wife maybe charged with a crime while in public service may have something to do with it. And reports about his connections with the ccp. Through his daddy inlaw.

Don (@guest_26107)
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6 months ago

Good bye and good riddance to a loser.

Robert Bates (@guest_25876)
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6 months ago

This should make things interesting

Scott Alan Joseph, MD (@guest_26173)
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Reply to  Robert Bates
6 months ago

He’s actually making appropriate plans. He is a scumbag, but appropriate plans are a good thing.

rm (@guest_26357)
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Reply to  Scott Alan Joseph, MD
6 months ago

Dr. Joseph….McConnell got cirrhosis from too much Kentucky Gentleman???

Joan cartet (@guest_26175)
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Reply to  Robert Bates
6 months ago

He is a back stabbing pier and if anyone should go it’s him reciprocal kiss anyone’s rear end that is above him or that can help him move up.Such a waste of government money.Why do you think he had his wife resign because maybe she might have got caught hiding something in her Dept.

Roberta King (@guest_26342)
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Reply to  Robert Bates
6 months ago

Perhaps he should move top China where it would be much easier to support that country!

Mary (@guest_26349)
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Reply to  Roberta King
6 months ago

He supports China greatly on our coast. He has cargo shipping port.

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