Mitch McConnell May Be Planning Retirement

Following his March 8 fall that left him hospitalized, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may be considering retirement from his leadership position.

Senate Republicans are reportedly preparing for a leadership vote, with Senators John Barrasso (WY), John Cornyn (TX), and John Thune (SD) leading the effort.

McConnell has led the Senate Republican Party since 2007 and has been involved in notable judicial nominations.

Reporting from The Spectator:

Requests are being targeted at a plethora of conservative senators, including the sixteen who voted to delay the leadership election earlier this year, a proxy for opposition to McConnell’s leadership. Rick Scott, the Florida senator and former NRSC head who challenged McConnell, ultimately received ten protest votes. These members could prove key to determining the next Republican leader. Queries are also being made internally about the rules regarding replacement, and how the contest would be structured given the lack of an obvious heir apparent.