Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who is running for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is calling for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down from his leadership role after the chamber rejected the latest effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Brooks said:
“Unquestionably, the leadership at the top is responsible. The buck stops there, that’s why you take on that kind of responsibility. And if Mitch McConnell cannot get the job done on this, how is he going to get the job done on the rest of President Trump’s agenda over the next three-and-a-half years? This is a killer.
It’s not necessarily anything bad about Mitch McConnell himself personally. But he’s got a job to do, and if he can’t do it, then, as ‘The Apprentice’ would say, ‘you’re fired,’ get somebody who can.”
Brooks’s comments came just hours after the Senate rejected GOP leaders’ “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill, all but ending Republicans’ efforts to overhaul the country’s healthcare system.
McConnell owns the bill’s failure, Brooks said, and, if he can’t successfully front the repeal effort, the Kentucky Republican should turn over leadership to someone else.
“I hope they won’t quit. And if they’re going to quit, well then, by God, maybe they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position and letting somebody new, somebody bold, somebody conservative take the reins,” he said.
— CNN (@CNN) July 28, 2017