Conservative Groups Want To End Mitch McConnell in 2018

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In the latest row from conservative elements on the right-wing, it was just announced that critical conservative groups want to take down Mitch McConnell–once and for all.

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Adam Brandon. PC: FreedomWorks.

“It’s time for new leadership. Mitch McConnell has been a failure in the Senate and has cost Republicans almost a year of victories,” says Adam Brandon, the president of libertarian activism network FreedomWorks. “He has demonstrated that he either does not understand the frustration coming from conservatives and the urgency of passing key legislation – or he does not care.”

Brandon continued: “He failed to repeal ObamaCare with his majority in the Senate. The House has passed the REINS Act and the Financial CHOICE Act, but McConnell is exerting no energy to get those to the floor for a vote.”

Brandon’s bellicose words targeted at the Senate Majority leader from Kentucky Mitch McConnell comes at a time where Tea Party, conservative, and libertarian elements of the GOP are taking a hard stance to end his reign.

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Brandon’s FreedomWorks, with a coalition of several other organizations signing, sent a strongly worded letter to McConnell and copied other establishment GOP senators with the intention to voice frustration. Leaders of organizations like Tea Party Patriots, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and For America were also among those who signed, signaling a major push to oppose McConnell’s efforts, further.

“Republicans were given full control of the federal government,” the coalition’s letter reads. “They – you – have done nothing. Worse, it is painfully clear that you intend to do nothing because, as is most apparent, you had no intention of honoring your solemn commitments to the American people. You were not going to “drain the swamp.” You are the swamp.”

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

According to other elements of the letter, some of the key reasons why they are taking such a hard stance against McConnell’s leadership in the Senate focuses heavily on his actions during campaign seasons.

Touching on these components, the letter reads:

You have told us in no uncertain terms, for many years, in many ways, that it is your purpose to “crush conservatives everywhere.”

Can you imagine what would happen to a football team in which the quarterback was
continuously by word and deed making it clear that he loathed his offensive linemen?

You have used race-baiting tactics without reservation when it suited your purposes, but the minute Democrats used such tactics against you in your last Senate race you wailed and gnashed your teeth.

You have used the un-American tactic of “blacklisting” vendors who dared to work for
candidates who were not the leadership’s chosen candidates.

You have abandoned good conservative GOP nominees for no other reason than that they were conservative. One need look no further than the last election cycle when you abandoned the Republican grassroots’ Colorado Senate candidate – Air Force Academy graduate, African American veteran, and twice-elected official Darryl Glenn.

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.

Both candidates lost by three percentage points.

Read the whole letter here.


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Michael McGrady is an assistant editor for Turning Point News and writes "The Review with Michael McGrady" column covering national and international politics. He is also a nationally-syndicated columnist, libertarian pundit, and political operative. McGrady has been published, featured, or cited in The Wall Street Journal, The South China Morning Post, The Jerusalem Post, Fox News, and many other publications nationwide and abroad. He once interviewed the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, embarrassed Trump's labor secretary, and cracked jokes about airline food with most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Plus, his academic research and education focus on Global Politics with an emphasis in global health policy in poor areas of the world and on North Korea.

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