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Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, questioned internal criticisms from GOP heavyweights heading toward the midterm elections.
Scott said he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have a “strategic disagreement” after the Kentucky senator said “candidate quality” could hurt Republicans’ chances of taking the Senate.
“We have great candidates,” Scott told Politico in an interview. “He wants to do the same thing I want to do: I want to get a majority. And I think it’s important that we’re all cheerleaders for our candidates.”
When asked for his 2022 prediction last month at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon, McConnell said there is likely a “greater likelihood” of the House turning Republican than the Senate.
“Senate races are just different, they’re statewide,” said McConnell, who has led the GOP in the Senate since 2007. “Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
Scott defended his hands-off approach during Republican primaries and said criticism is not productive for the GOP.
“If you trash talk our candidates … you hurt our chances of winning, and you hurt our candidates’ ability to raise money,” Scott said Wednesday. “I know they’re good candidates, because I’ve been talking to them and they’re working their butts off.”
Former President Donald Trump similarly went after McConnell on social media for expressing skepticism around Republicans’ chances of retaking congressional majorities in the November midterms.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump called the Senate minority leader a “broken down political hack” and challenged his party loyalty.
“Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” Trump asked.