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Bolton writes: "Five prominent conservative activist leaders on Wednesday called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of his leadership team to resign, citing the Senate's failure to pass much of President Trump's agenda."

Sen. Mitch McConnell. (photo: Getty)
Sen. Mitch McConnell. (photo: Getty)

Conservative Leaders Call on McConnell to Resign Over Legislative Gridlock

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill

11 October 17


ive prominent conservative activist leaders on Wednesday called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of his leadership team to resign, citing the Senate’s failure to pass much of President Trump’s agenda.

The conservative leaders, who are longtime critics of McConnell and the GOP establishment in Washington, slammed the Senate’s failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill.

“2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington. Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They — you — have done nothing,” they wrote in a letter dated Wednesday to McConnell and his leadership team.

They pointed to what they called broken promises to stop the flow of illegal immigration, to reduce the size of government, to reduce deficit spending and to repeal ObamaCare.

They also pinged McConnell for the Senate’s schedule of convening in the afternoon on Mondays and often recessing on Thursdays.

Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, David Bozell, president of ForAmerica and Richard Viguerie, a political direct mail pioneer, signed the letter.

“It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside, for new leadership that is committed to the promise made to the American people. America is too good for you to lead it,” they wrote.

It’s not the first time these leaders have called on McConnell to step aside, but it adds pressure on the GOP leader to deliver on tax reform or another major Trump priority before next year’s GOP primaries.

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon has announced plans to back conservative challenges to settled Republican incumbents such as Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) next year because of the Senate’s lack of progress in passing Trump’s agenda.

The conservative leaders also took aim at the leaders’ efforts to defeat Tea Party and conservative challengers in Senate Republican primaries. The Senate Leadership Fund, a political fundraising group linked with McConnell, spent more than $10 million in an unsuccessful bid to defeat Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Republican Primary.

“Those substantive failures come on top of your vicious, continuous, merciless attacks on grassroots Republicans, but most especially conservatives. Why do you hate the very people who are the biggest bloc of voters supporting every single member of the GOP Senate Caucus?” they wrote.

They accused McConnell and his allies of “blacklisting” vendors who work for conservative or Tea Party insurgents who challenge candidates backed by the Washington establishment.

They also slammed him for not putting more resources behind Darryl Glenn, who narrowly lost to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in the 2016 Colorado Senate race, while strongly backing the losing effort of former Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in the Nevada Senate battle.

“In 2016, there were only two states in which the GOP had a chance to pick up Senate seats — Colorado and Nevada. In Nevada you led $25 million worth of spending on behalf of your chosen candidate, but you refused to spend any money on behalf of Darryl Glenn in Colorado simply because he was conservative,” the conservative activists wrote. your social media marketing partner


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+11 # vilstef 2017-10-12 04:04
What is Trump's agenda? Undoing what Obama did and being on the wrong side of history in every matter possible. He does enough of this with no help at all and is convinced he's accomplishing something and has a great record of legislative triumphs. If getting rid of Mitch the turtle will accelerate this sad delusion, let him stay.
+12 # ericlipps 2017-10-12 04:45
These people aren't "conservative" in any meaningful sense of the world. They're right-wing zealots who have come to see Trump as the Great Right Hope and demand that their colleagues rubber-stamp his agenda, or else.

They're whiners, too: every failure, in their view, is always someone else's fault.
+10 # relegn 2017-10-12 06:21
I guess the right-wing conservatives who wish to oust McConnell and the rest of his leadership are not happy that the fascist state they dream of hasn't come to fruition. The question is whether if in power they would have any better luck imposing their fascist daydreams on Congress?
+4 # Texas Aggie 2017-10-12 09:40
One would hope not, but never underestimate the power of stupidity and evil in large numbers.
+3 # randrjwr 2017-10-12 10:08
Thank God he has failed! May he continue to do so.
+2 # revhen 2017-10-12 14:19
I wish we'd stop using the words "conservative" and "liberal" to describe what's going on. A true conservative holds fast to the great truths of humanity, not the tiny, petty, cruel points of the far right. True liberals are free (the basic meaning of liberal) to apply these great truths to ever-changing life situations. One great truth: Love your neighbor as yourself. Another: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

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