Mitch McConnell, the 79 year old Republican Senator for Kentucky , who just moved to Minority Leader is working with his state’s lawmakers to have them pick someone for his Senate seat (Not the Governor) if he can’t finish his term by 2027….McConnell won rte-election in November…Kentucky Governor Beshear is a DEMOCRAT….
Why now for Mitch?
The Senator appears to be of ill health.…
Few know he is survivor of childhood polo and he has has had health issues the last year….
The Kentucky Governor would surely pick a Democrats to fill in for Republican McConnell if he left the US Senate early … THAT seems to be the Senator worry and reason to try to change things….
Mitch McConnell has compiled a short list of successors in his home state of Kentucky, preparing for the possibility that he does not serve out his full term, Kentucky Republicans tell The Intercept.
The list is topped by his protégé, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and also includes former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, whose billionaire coal magnate husband is a major McConnell donor, as well as Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a former McConnell Scholar.
Under current law, the power to appoint McConnell’s replacement falls to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. But new legislation McConnell is pushing in the Kentucky General Assembly would strip the governor of that power and put it into the hands of the state GOP.
McConnell’s scramble to secure his legacy comes as his position in the party he effectively built from the ground up is increasingly shaky. McConnell’s denunciation of former President Donald Trump — even as it was accompanied by a vote of acquittal and a pledge to endorse the former president in 2024 if he is the GOP nominee — has brought on calls for his censure by party leaders across the state. A candidate running in McConnell’s mold would face an uphill climb through a primary in the new Republican Party — unless, that is, the candidate has the benefit of incumbency.
The 79-year-old McConnell has held his Senate seat since 1985 and handily won a seventh term last November….
top image…NBC News
image of McConnell ‘s hands in Oct. 2020….Tom Williams/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC/GETTY