Republicans Prepare for Mitch McConnell’s Retirement, on the Hunt for New GOP Leader

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may soon be throwing in the towel on US politics, after suffering a fall that will likely leave the 81 year-old with potentially severe brain damage.

According to sources cited by The Spectator, Republican senators are actively preparing for McConnell’s retirement and subsequently a new Senate leader, after he suffered a serious fall during a dinner event last month that left him hospitalized with a concussion and even brain damage. GOP members are making preparations for a leadership vote should McConnell make an official announcement regarding his departure as Senate leader.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, along with Texas Senator John Cornyn and South Dakota Senator John Thune are supposedly reaching out to their fellow counterparts to determine whom would the best fit for succession. “One source says that Cornyn has been particularly active in his preparations, taking fellow senators with whom he has little in common to lunch in attempts to court them,” the news outlet wrote.

The three Republicans are supposedly targeting numerous conservative senators— even those that voted in favour of delaying the GOP’s leadership election earlier this year, as they serve as a proxy against McConnell’s leadership, ultimately helping to determine who the next leader will be. “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,” The Spectator added.

McConnell has been the leader of the Republican Senate since 2007, making him the longest serving Senate Party Leader. He has suffered numerous medial problems in the past, including a childhood polio diagnosis and a triple bypass operation in 2003. However, some medial experts suggest the 81 year-old’s latest mishap could be the result of a coordination issue “that signifies the presence of a more serious progressive cognitive condition,” said Dr. Gabe Mirkin as cited by RadarOnline.

Information for this briefing was found via The Spectator and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to the organizations discussed. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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