Marco Rubio joins call for Senate leadership vote delay

Marco Rubio
A Rubio tweet sparks speculation.

A second Florida Senator seems willing to consider life in the GOP caucus after Mitch McConnell’s leadership.

Fresh off a decisive win Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted Friday that the “Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed.” This comes as other Senators, including Rick Scott, circulate a petition to that effect.

“First we need to make sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins in states like Florida,” Rubio added. 

Rubio’s campaign and Senate Office have been contacted to provide more context to his tweet, but have not yet responded.

The ultimate composition of the Senate won’t be known until the Georgia runoff between U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker wraps next month, which could mean a long delay.

Rubio offered some context for these thoughts on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle Thursday, though he stopped short of suggesting a leadership vote delay.

“The old Republican Party can probably win some elections from time to time in a few places if the conditions are right. A new Republican Party can compete among anyone anywhere. The new Republican Party is a party that should be grounded in common sense and wisdom. It should be fighting for working-class values. It should be putting the interests of Americans first,” Rubio said.

“A Republican Party that fights for working people is a party that has a chance to compete anywhere among any group in this country,” he added.

The day before, Rubio tweeted a 30-second hype video that seemed to speak to many of the same themes.

“I’m more energized and excited about working in the Senate than I think I have been anytime. I believe we are on the cusp of a new generation of leadership in this Republican Party,” Rubio asserted, words that seem in retrospect to suggest a post-McConnell world.

Rubio’s tweet was attaboyed by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz:

“So proud of my Senator! We should not hold leadership elections in the House or Senate until we know exactly who will constitute the Republican conferences in each chamber. Marco knows we must be very deliberate about this & make good choices for the people!”

The Rubio call for delay comes just hours after a knockdown of Scott in POLITICO, which outlined Scott’s intentions to mount a wild-card challenge to McConnell if the GOP had gotten a clear-cut Senate majority Tuesday night.

Scott’s challenge to McConnell would have been with former President Donald Trump’s blessing.

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


8 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    November 11, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Fights for working people my azz. I don’t know one Republican business owner that would pay their employees a penny over $5 an hour if they had a choice. Also how is shoveling money to the rich through tax cuts for those who are already rich going to help working people? That’s just more of everyone’s money going to the rich and staying in their bank accounts forever. Doesn’t trickle down. It’s gone!

  • tom palmer

    November 11, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Well, duh! Until the elections are decided, no one knows who will be in charge

    • Andrew Finn

      November 12, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Right. Once they finish counting the votes in Arizona some time next summer.

  • Ruth

    November 11, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    How can Rubio be interested in leadership when he doesn’t even show up to the Senate Hearings. He is the laziest Senator ever.

  • Donald J Trump

    November 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    I will announce my intention to run in 2024. Ron DeSanctimonious better not dare step in. I’ll cut him down to the ground. I have all the dirt.

    • Hope

      November 12, 2022 at 11:46 am

      How many multiple personalities do you have?

    • James R. Miles

      November 13, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      Just more of the usual, yadda, yadda, yadda! Who cares, Trump IS A LOSER!!

  • Andrew Finn

    November 12, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Leadership in Congress will not be decided until they finish counting the votes in Arizona some time next summer. It’s speeding right along as we speak. Stevie Wonder is counting the votes as fast as he can and they have given him a 1942 adding machine to help. !!!!!!!!

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