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Friday, September 1, 2017

Repeal & Replace Mitch McConnell: Alabama Senate Outsider Roy Moore Floats McConnell Ouster

By Rick Pearcey • September 1, 2017, 04:37 PM

Brendan Kirby writes at LifeZette:

Outsider Roy Moore, who is favored to knock off Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in this month's Republican primary runoff, suggested Friday that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be replaced as majority leader.

In an interview with LifeZette, Moore objected both to McConnell's lack of results in passing President Donald Trump’s agenda and his attempts to prop up Strange.

"I wouldn't necessarily think he would be a majority leader I would support," he said. "But, you know, I can work [with] anybody. I'm not a person who doesn't forgive. But, you know, you don't get over these things easily."

Election Day Background: "Alabama Republicans will pick their nominee on Sept. 26 for the [seat] vacated by Jeff Sessions, who became President Donald Trump's attorney general," Kirby explains. "Strange, who was appointed to the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, finished second in the first round of balloting last month. Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice and popular figure on the religious Right, came in first."

McConnell Missteps: "The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with McConnell, dumped more than $2 million into the primary during the first round. Much of that went into attack ads targeting Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who finished third," Kirby reports.

Moore Critiques Approach of Ethically Challenged Establishment: "It has a lot to do with the kind of campaign ads they've run and the kind of campaign they're running," LifeZette quotes Moore as saying.

"If you can't run on your credentials, if you take after the other candidate with false and deceptive advertising, then what does that say about ethics? What does that say about your ethical standards? And I think that's what's lacking in Washington," the Senate hopeful said.

Moore Critiques Failure of Establishment Leadership: "A lot is in leadership,” Moore said, according to LifeZette. "The people of Alabama, the people of America in November of 2016, signaled they wanted a change in the way Washington does business. And I think the Establishment under McConnell is doing business the same way they did before. They don't want change. They want to keep the same system going that they had before."

Accordng to LifeZette, "Moore backs Trump's call to eliminate the filibuster rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass most legislation -- a move McConnell has resisted. Moore said he believes it is not just unwise but unconstitutional."

"McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment," LifeZette reports.