Several influential Republicans have called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign. Pressure for the Kentucky congressman to step aside follows House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he is resigning at the end of October.
Boehner had been facing increasing pressure from hard-line conservatives in House of Representatives who are willing to initiate a government shutdown if a motion to defund women's health organization Planned Parenthood does not wind up on President Barack Obama’s desk.
Boehner's resignation on Sept. 25 was met with enthusiasm by conservatives who want a more aggressive leadership in Congress, Business Insider reports.
South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney says Boehner’s departure “should be an absolute warning sign to McConnell."
He added, “If anyone was doubtful as to whether or not there was a group of members who were really angry and frustrated and disappointed in how things were going, that was put to rest ... This anger and frustration with how our party’s being run is real and now it’s very, very tangible.”
Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Roger Villere of Louisiana took to social media to blast McConnell, demanding that he follow Boehner’s example.
“Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,” Villere says. “I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections.”
Presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told audiences at the Values Voter Summit that McConnell needs to go. “It’s time to fire these clowns and restore order once and for all,” he says.
According to Business Insider, Republicans who are frustrated with McConnell’s leadership want him to change the Senate rules to enable conservative legislation to pass without needing the required 60-vote super-majority. McConnell’s refusal to use obstruction methods was also a source of Republican frustration, according to The Washington Times.
“He surrenders at the sight of battle every time,” says Republican Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona.
When asked by The Washington Times who would be a suitable replacement for McConnell, Villere was at a loss. “Honestly, I haven [sic] really thought of a replacement.”