Rick Scott says he has no ‘plan’ to challenge Leader McConnell
Rick Scott isn't done with being a pain in Mitch McConnell's ass.

'We'll see what happens.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to downplay rumblings of a rumored challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for leadership of Senate Republicans.

“I don’t have a plan to do that right now. The election is generally one week after this election, so we’ll see what happens,” Scott said Tuesday on the New Hampshire Today radio show, when asked directly if he intended to challenge the Kentucky Republican’s standing to possibly become Majority Leader if Republicans regain Senate control.

Scott, who Chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has not endorsed McConnell despite multiple opportunities to do that for months.

He insists that while he has a “good working relationship” with McConnell, it’s simply too early to commit.

“He’ll decide if he’s going to continue to run. I assume he will,” Scott said on Fox News’ America Reports in September.

“I’m focused on the Senate,” Scott added. “I have a good working relationship with Mitch McConnell. And I’m going to focus on getting the Senate back.”

Scott made similar comments at the National Conservatism Conference earlier that month, cryptically telling reporters when asked “we’ll see what he wants to do” when asked about McConnell staying caucus leader.

The schism between Scott and McConnell was illustrated by their public split over Scott’s “12-point plan to rescue America.” McConnell slammed the plan’s suggestion of review of federal entitlement programs as a nonstarter if he led Senate Republicans next year.

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly urged Scott to make a play for McConnell’s post. McConnell says he has the votes to survive any such challenge, from Scott or anyone else.

McConnell has also been less than optimistic about Republicans taking the Senate again. The Kentucky Republican has doubts that Republicans have more than a 50/50 shot at taking back the Senate due to questionable candidates in certain races.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elliott Offen

    November 1, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Rick Scott is a charlatan and crook..cold hearted SOB. Wouldn’t wipe his ass with Florida deplorables, and advocates for broke deplorables to pay taxes. Wants to tax the Tea Party. Well done electing a grifter you idiots. They throw your kids in jail for jaywalking, they feed you bullshit and lies, they rip you off in business, they pay you shit, and they laugh all the way to the bank. Elect another GOP grifter you apes.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 1, 2022 at 10:52 am

      Meanwhile fuel prices are at record levels. We are dealing with 40 year high inflation levels. Thousands are flooding this country illegally. Crime is up everywhere with these liberal DA’s letting criminals loose with cashless bail, except the guy that attacked Pelosi. Now why is that Corsin, Offen, Crist, Fake Tom? These Democrat controlled cities can’t recruit police officers since these dumbass mayors don’t support them. What about Ukraine? Funny how that all started once the “Incompetent in Chief” was elected. So my question is, who really are the apes?

      • Joe Corsin

        November 1, 2022 at 1:31 pm

        👆 Right wing propaganda, exaggerated nonsense. GOP platform: “Be afraid! Be very afraid! At most we will do nothing for anyone who isn’t already rich so that makes us a safe bet. We promise to do nothing so at least there’s predictability with us.”

      • marylou

        November 1, 2022 at 2:12 pm

        * Biden is discussing a Windfall Profits Tax on “war profiteering ” oil companies. EU has already agreed to tax windfall profits of oil and gas companies. Will Republican politicians vote for the Windfall Profits Tax to lower your fuel expenses??
        * What’s the Republican plan for inflation??
        * Legislature has had years to pass immigration laws.
        * Overall crime rates went up 30 percent during Trump’s last two years, and states that voted for Trump in 2020 had murder rates 40 percent higher than those won by Joe Biden.Violent crimes like homicides and rapes are down in most major cities.
        * House Democrats passed a bill just last month granting $300 million to local police departments.
        * Ukraine? Funny how Russia invaded after “Liar in Chief” stole nuclear secrets..did buddy Putin and pen-pal Kim get copies??

        • virginia

          November 2, 2022 at 6:36 pm

          Agree w/your post

    • Star Tyngline

      November 1, 2022 at 11:14 am

      The proggies have been campaigning for a couple years to challenge the first amendment freedom of speech. I am beginning to see why. It might just be a good idea, and they just might start with you.

      • Impeach Biden

        November 1, 2022 at 11:30 am

        The truth hurts doesn’t it Star. November 8 is one week away.😀

        • Elliott Offen

          November 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm

          ” Not governments fault you can’t afford cheap stuff. Go out and get a better education and a better job you communist bum.” – Rick Scott

          • Impeach Biden

            November 1, 2022 at 1:54 pm

            I could probably buy you over several times. That’s not the point you imbecile.

  • Lex Taylor

    November 2, 2022 at 9:32 am

    McConnell is no rocket scientist. I think it’s time for new leadership.

  • SOS! Senator Scott

    November 2, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    McConnell is not a leader and is completely out of touch with mainstream Americans. He’s had way too much time up there, we MUST have new leadership. McConnell has no backbone and doesn’t possess the moral courage to lead.

    Senator Scott your time is now, you’re on deck. Please help save the US Senate. 🇺🇸

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