Ginni Thomas and other conservatives call on GOP to delay leadership election

Ginni Thomas and other conservatives call on GOP to delay leadership election

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Dozens of conservative leaders are calling on Republican lawmakers to postpone their leadership elections until next month, echoing demands from several frustrated Republicans in the Senate and House after a high-profile ‘red wave’ failed to pan out materialized in the midterm elections.

In an open letter Monday to Republican members of Congress, 72 conservative leaders said that “there should be no rushed leadership elections,” pointing to the fact that several congressional races have yet to be called and that the race in the Senate in Georgia will go to a second round. .

“The Republican Party needs leaders who will confidently and competently present a cohesive and compelling vision of who we are, what we stand for, and what we will do,” the letter said.

He continued: “Conservative members of the House and Senate have called for the leadership election to be postponed. We urge both houses of Congress to postpone formal leadership elections until after the December 6 runoff in Georgia and that all election results be fully decided.

Signatories included Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, attorney and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Matt Schlapp, President of the Conservative Political Action Coalition; and Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s White House chief of staff. Axios first reported on the letter.

The House GOP is due to hold its leadership elections on Tuesday, while the Senate GOP is due to vote on the leadership on Wednesday. Republican leaders in both houses have pushed back on calls to delay votes. Several members of the House Freedom Caucus, who are staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump, have previously said they will not support House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California).

Nonetheless, McCarthy kicked off his campaign for president last week, sending a letter to fellow Republicans in which he said he felt “with confidence” the GOP would achieve its goal of regaining control of the House.

“I hope you know winning the majority is just the beginning,” McCarthy wrote. “From now on, we will be measured by what we will do with our majority. Now the real work begins. This is why I am running to be president of the Maison du peuple and I humbly ask for your support.

In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also faced criticism and called for delaying the leadership vote.

“I don’t know why the Senate GOP would hold a leadership vote for the next Congress before this election is over,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.) wrote on Twitterjoining several other Republicans, including Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Cynthia M. Lummis (Wyo.) and Lindsey O. Graham (SC), in a push for the vote to be postponed until after the second round of the Dec. 6 between Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) and Republican Herschel Walker.

Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), chairman of the Senate GOP conference, said the election would be held on Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers remained confident on Nov. 13 after their party took control of the Senate, though control of the House remains unclear. (Video: The Washington Post)

House Democrats will hold their leadership elections starting Nov. 30. In interviews on political talk shows on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) declined to say whether she would run for president again if Democrats retain control of the House – for which he is a slim possibility.

Control of the House hung in the balance on Monday, with no party yet to secure the 218 seats needed to secure a majority. Most unscheduled congressional races are in California, where ballots are valid as long as they are postmarked on Election Day and the final election tally could take weeks to be determined.


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