Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell removed two Republican lawmakers from a powerful Senate committee on Wednesday after a failed attempt to oust them from their leadership positions last year.
Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are no longer members of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees issues related to interstate commerce, science and technology policy and transportation, and according to Scott, it Individual.
“This is what happens when you challenge leadership,” Scott said in a statement to The Post on Wednesday.
“It was McConnell’s decision to remove someone who had actually run a business and run the third largest state from the committee I served on for four years. You have to ask him why,” he said.
The junior senator from Florida made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP’s top spot in the Senate immediately after the 2022 midterm elections.
Scott’s effort to oust McConnell, the GOP leader in the Senate since 2007, was strongly supported by Lee, who delivered one of the nominating speeches for Scott’s takeover bid.
McConnell, 80, met the challenge with the support of 37 senators, while Scott received 10 votes and one senator voted “present”.
“I’m not going anywhere,” McConnell told reporters after walking out and endorsing the closed-door vote.
The GOP leader insisted last year that there were no hard feelings about the challenge.
After being re-elected he said, “I am in no way resentful of being an opponent or having some votes in opposition.” “I’m very proud of 37 to 10.”
Scott and McConnell traded what they called “candid” and “lively” barbs during a long private GOP senatorial luncheon in November that lasted several hours. According to reports, they disputed the quality of the midterms and GOP candidates and their differences on fundraising.
according to hillMcConnell will appoint first-term Sens. to the Commerce Committee to replace Scott, Lee and Sens. Ron Johnson (R-NC), Eric Schmidt (R-Mo.) and JD Vance (R-Ohio). R-Wis.), who left the panel to take a seat on the Senate Finance Committee.
Lee and McConnell’s offices did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.