April 12, 2021

Mitch McConnell brushes off retirement rumors

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is 79. Still, he’s not ready to retire just yet.

McConnell backed a bill in the Kentucky legislature mandating that the governor must appoint someone from the same party to fill a vacancy in Congress, Fox News reported. This led to speculation that he was on his way out, but McConnell just confirmed that he’s “not going anywhere.”

“I don’t think we’re going to have a vacancy. I’m not going anywhere,” McConnell reportedly said at a news conference. “I just got elected to a six-year term and I’m still the leader of my party in the Senate, so this is a hypothetical. But I have watched this over the years in the Senate as various vacancies were filled and I thought this was the best way to go.”

The bill had passed the state legislature months before McConnell won his reelection bid.  Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed the bill citing concerns that it gave Kentucky’s political parties too much control over the process. The Republican-controlled legislature was able to overturn his veto, however.

McConnell said the legislation would ensure the government was doing the will of the people when appointing a temporary replacement. He said if “such a vacancy were to occur, to have the people, as quickly as possible, elect a new senator and in the interim, honor the results of the last election for that particular individual.”

The new law would also require the governor to appoint one of three candidates chosen by leaders from the political party that currently held the seat. McConnell said he would support that measure regardless of which party was in charge.

The rumors about McConnell’s retirement no doubt stem from his advanced age. Although he’s nearly 80, he’s on par with some of the other heavy hitters in Washington, D.C. America just elected the 78-year-old Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 81 years old, according to the Washington Post.

Regardless of what McConnell decides in the next six years, the bill is a commonsense approach to filling a vacant senate seat. After all, the people elected not just a candidate, but also a candidate of a particular party.

 

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  2. Rinos like McConnell and Cheney have no place in the GOP. They are part of the problem in DC, not the solution. They’re out of touch with their constituents, where this is supposed to be a representative government.

    1. Trump should have walked away from the Republican party instead of trying to reform it. He is going to find out in 2022 he wasted time he should have been putting in to the new Patriot Party. The establishment Republicans are never going to change . Time for a fresh start third party that pulls from both Republican and Democrats base. If we have a third party the peoples voice will be heard, and it will far outnumber the 2 party’s we currently have.

  3. He was in on Capitol 6 protest and I remember things he said about our duly elected President Trump.when called Biden son of Senate daughter of Senate Harris.(anchor) baby. He pocketed tax money w/his Chynna Wife Chow.Mitch & Carl Rove gave Ga.senate to Facist Stacy Abram that election on purpose…Coup has happened Mike Pence in on it too…Pedos… I will never forget!!! Term Limits please…

  4. Everyone has their time in the sun. The sun always sets. Your decisions are not as sharp as they once were. You have done really good things. Retire now before they put you in the ‘Biden’ category.

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