Rick Scott rebuffs McConnell in defense of Senate candidates
“If you want to talk about the need to raise more money to promote our candidates versus the Democrats’ terrible candidates, I agree,” wrote the Florida Republican senator. “If you want to trash-talk our candidates to help the Democrats, pipe down. That’s not what leaders do. And Republicans need to be leaders that build up the team and do everything they can to get the entire team over the finish line.”
“Ultimately, though, when you complain and lament that we have ‘bad candidates,’ what you are really saying is that you have contempt for the voters who chose them. Now we are at the heart of the matter,” added Scott. “Much of Washington’s chattering class disrespects and secretly (or not so secretly) loathes Republican voters.”
A McConnell spokesperson declined a request for comment.
Scott and McConnell, the longest-serving Senate Republican leader, have fought this election cycle over the party’s strategy to take back the Senate, including Scott’s decision to release a plan to “rescue America” that at least briefly shifted the attention from Republicans’ perceived failures of the Biden administration. The White House sharply criticized Scott’s provisions to have every American pay at least some income tax and to sunset all federal laws in five years.