Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has voiced his concerns about the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) following McConnell’s recent freeze-up episodes. Despite being cleared by a physician, Hawley believes that McConnell should step down and make way for a change in leadership.
Hawley, who did not vote for McConnell as leader, has been vocal about his desire for a new leader for months. In a recent interview with Fox News, he expressed his concerns about McConnell’s ability to continue in his role. “I get asked about it constantly. I understand why people are concerned about it, I’m concerned about it,” Hawley said. He also emphasized that many other Republicans share his concerns.
The Senator from Missouri is not alone in his criticism of McConnell. Earlier this year, ten Republicans, including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), voted against McConnell’s continued leadership. The recent freeze-up episodes have only intensified calls for a leadership change.
While McConnell has stated that he intends to remain in his position, there has been speculation about who might replace him when the time comes. According to a report from the Daily Caller, Senator John Thune of South Dakota is seen as the likely successor. However, some believe that Senator John Cornyn of Texas also has a shot at the leadership role.
In the end, the decision about McConnell’s future as Senate Majority Leader will ultimately lie with the Republican caucus. But with voices like Senator Hawley calling for change, it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.