Political junkies first thought might be?
What about Donald Trump’s ‘two cents’ on this?
Senate Republican will most likely keep ole’ Mitch in the Senate drivers seat despite the ex-President’s wishes….
McConnell just got easily re-elected back home in Kentucky in 2020…
McConnell, who will turn 80 in February, made clear on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to step down from the Senate Republican leader’s job anytime soon, despite Trump’s pressure.
McConnell made his statement a few days after his top deputy, Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), ended months of speculation by announcing over the weekend that he would run for a fourth Senate term.
Thune is allowed to serve two more years as the Republican whip before he will be required to step down from the post at the end of 2024 because of the Senate Republican Conference’s term-limit rules for leadership posts. Those term limits, however, do not apply to the top leader.
McConnell was elected to a seventh Senate term in 2020 by a nearly 20-point margin over Democrat Amy McGrath and won’t be up for reelection until 2026….
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trump’s, said last month that a Republican leader in Congress needs to have “a working relationship with Donald Trump” or “you cannot be effective.”
Republican senators say none of McConnell’s possible heirs apparent — neither Thune nor Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso(R-Wyo.) nor former Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) — appear to be actively jockeying to replace McConnell.
GOP senators say they don’t know of any Republican senator who plans to challenge McConnell for the top Republican leadership slot in the Senate despite his rocky relationship with Trump, who remains popular with Republican base voters..