Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (right) said on Sunday that the timing of the next GOP leadership vote in the Senate on Nov. 16 was “absurd,” urging his colleagues to delay the election.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Johnson told host Maria Bartiromo that more discussion about the leadership election was needed.
“If we run these elections right away on Wednesday, you probably have more campaign in electing a high school class president than we would have in the most deliberative body in the world,” Johnson said. in Bartiromo. ” It’s absurd. It’s absurd. They must be delayed. We need to have these discussions.
Other GOP senators have also called for delaying the vote until after the results of the Georgia Senate runoff election on Dec. 6. Democrats secured control of the Senate with a victory in Nevada called Saturday night.
Longtime Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is widely expected to remain in his post, but former President Trump has lobbied for Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the leader of the GOP Senate Campaign Committee, challenges him.
Johnson said there were too many unknowns to go ahead with a vote, noting Georgia’s runoff and Alaska’s Senate elections, in which moderate Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) is in a close race with Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka (R).
“It would be absurd to hold these leadership elections,” he said. “We have a lot to discuss. We have information. Again, are we going to have a senator from Georgia? Who will be our senator from Alaska? In a tight election, that can make all the difference.
Senate Democrats are awaiting their own conference elections ahead of Georgia’s runoff results. Majority Leader Charles Schumer is expected to be re-elected.
Trump and his allies have criticized McConnell for spending big on Murkowski in Alaska while holding back in the Arizona Senate race, where Republican Blake Masters was heavily spent by Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona).
“It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault. Spending money to defeat big Republican candidates instead of supporting Blake Masters and others was a big mistake,” Trump wrote, adding that McConnell “blew the Midterms off.”
Scott also blamed the current Senate leadership in an interview on Sunday, saying his colleagues “caved” to Democrats on a number of legislative bills over the past year and failed to come up with their own plan.
“What are we standing for? What are we determined to do?” Scott asked during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” have a plan. We’re just going to race against the gravity of the Democrats. And, in fact, they then give in to the Democrats.
Johnson was considered one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbent senators before the election, but won a victory over progressive Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes.
Many GOP members said Trump was the night’s biggest loser, however, with key Senate candidates he endorsed losing in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada – and voters rejecting many other candidates. who pushed his false claims about the 2020 election.