The vote on a skinny repeal of Obamacare turned out to be a disaster for the Republican party, with three GOP senators crossing party lines to vote against overturning the controversial law. Now, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is pointing to the demoralizing outcome as a clear signal that it’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to step down from his leadership post.
During a Friday appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Brooks – who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Alabama currently occupied by Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) – took McConnell to task for failing to make good on a promise that has been years in the making.
“Unquestionably the leadership at the top is responsible,” he said. “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?
“As I see it right now, this is a killer,” Brooks continued. “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 echoed a sentiment he revealed earlier this week during a policy breakfast at the conservative Heritage Foundation, The Hill reported. There, he described McConnell as the “head of the swamp.”
As for the future of the effort to repeal Obamacare, Brooks urged Senate Republicans to keep fighting – and to seek a new leader if the fight proves ineffective.
“I hope they won’t quit,” he said. “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.”