Rick Scott Declines to Back McConnell for Majority Leader

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) declined to endorse Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to be the Senate majority leader should Republicans regain the Senate after the midterm elections.

Rumors have been swirling that former President Donald Trump has been courting Scott behind the scenes to mount a challenge against McConnell for the No. 1 Senate Republican slot, but Scott said he does not plan to run for the top spot when he spoke to reporters Wednesday morning.

“There’ll be an election. … Right now, I don’t know if anybody is going to run against Leader McConnell,” he told reporters. “I don’t have a plan to run.”

Scott, who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has been at odds with McConnell since he unveiled an agenda for the party that McConnell publicly rejected. At the time, Republicans faced criticism from Democrats for not releasing a clear slew of policy objectives should they win the midterm elections.