Sen. Hawley Calls for McConnell to Step Down

( – Senator Josh Hawley is calling on Senate Republican Conference Leader Mitch McConnell to step down. The Republican Senator argued that if GOP members are worried about the ability of President Biden to do his job, they should be equally concerned about McConnell. The 81-year-old has suffered a series of health scares in the past couple of months, and Hawley’s views are reportedly gaining support.

“If you’re concerned about the president’s ability to do his job—and I am, and a lot of Republicans say they are—you have to be concerned when it’s someone from your own party,” he said.

Hawley did not vote for McConnell to continue as leader in 2022, as several high-profile Republicans ran against him, including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rick Scott.

McConnell has already responded to questions about his health and said he intends to continue in his role. Following two episodes of freezing in front of the press and appearing unable to speak, Kentucky Senator McConnell briefly addressed his health with fellow Republicans at a closed meeting in September. Senators leaving the meeting told the press they intended to stand by him. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said, “I would think the vast majority of us are still very much in support.”

During a press conference in Kentucky in August, McConnell appeared unresponsive when asked about his plans to run for re-election. It was the second such instance within a month, prompting the senator to release a medical report from his doctor.

Dr. Brian Monahan examined Mr. McConnell and reported no evidence of a seizure disorder, stroke, or movement disorder, such as Parkinson’s disease. According to the report, McConnell underwent MRI imaging, an EEG study, and several neurologist consultations.

Inevitably, however, discussions about how to replace McConnell are already quietly underway on Capitol Hill. Names floated as potential replacements include Sens. John Thune, John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, and Shelley Moore Capito.

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