- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is laying to rest the notion from former President Donald Trump that GOP senators will boot the Kentucky Republican from his leadership role.

If re-elected to his post as Senate GOP leader in the next Congress in January, Mr. McConnell will surpass the record of longest-serving party leader in the chamber held for more than 40 years by the late Mike Mansfield, Montana Democrat.

“I have the votes,” Mr. McConnell told CNN in a recent interview.

This is despite Mr. Trump routinely pushing for “The Old Crow” — as the former president calls Mr. McConnell — to be ousted from Republican leadership because of his criticism of Mr. Trump and refusal to back claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats.

Even with dissenting views in the Republican Conference about Mr. Trump, Mr. McConnell has maintained loyalty from his members, including his top deputies who would be first in line to succeed him.

Mr. Trump‘s latest attack against Mr. McConnell came Monday over campaign spending.  A super PAC aligned with the minority leader dumped nearly $10 million on ads for GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s run against Trump-backed GOP opponent Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska’s ranked-choice election. Mr. Trump suggested the money should instead go toward Republican Blake Masters in Arizona, who is trailing Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. 

The McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund pulled nearly $10 million in ads from the Arizona race last month.

“The Old Broken Crow, Mitchell McConnell, is authorizing $9 Million Dollars to be spent in order to beat a great Republican, Kelly, instead of $9 Million Dollars that could be used for Blake Masters, and other Republicans, that with this money would beat their Democrat opponent,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “Isn’t it ironic?”

• Ramsey Touchberry can be reached at rtouchberry@washingtontimes.com.

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