Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dream of regaining control of the Senate in 2022 may fade as more Republicans in the upper chamber retire, clearing the way for more Trumpian, less-eligible candidates to run for office to apply.
Axios: “While the mid-term elections are supposed to be a boon to the party that is not in power, that assumption for the GOP in 2022 will be turned on its head by the recent series of retirements – which may not end.”
The numerous retirements are likely to encourage MAGA extremists to compete for the open spots, which could increase the likelihood that Democrats will retain or expand their control of the Senate.
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The resignation of Senator Roy Blunt underscores the dual challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a way that potential troublemakers can join their ranks.
Sharp rhetoric and edgy style people who consider themselves Trumpian characters – much like MPs Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert in the House – may be drawn to the Republican Senate races.
Even more GOP retirements could come
So far, five Republican senators have announced their resignation – Roy Blunt from Missouri, Rob Portman from Ohio, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, Richard Burr from North Carolina, and Richard Shelby from Alabama – but more may be on the way.
As Axios pointed out Monday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) are also reportedly considering leaving the Senate. While Iowa isn’t the battlefield it once was, Wisconsin is certainly a pickup option for Democrats.
It’s no surprise that the Republican Party, 100% owned by a shameful former president who lost re-election by 7 million votes, is working overtime to make it harder for the American people to vote.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.