(USNewsMag.com) – Josh Holmes, the former chief of staff for Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, 81, ripped Utah Sen. Mike Lee for a comment criticizing McConnell.
In a Twitter post, Lee linked to an article that stated McConnell has consistently helped advance legislation proposed by Democratic Majority Leader and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. Lee noted that the two senators “have consistently found unity,” adding that it’s hard to tell which one is the Republican. Holmes responded that Lee has turned into a joke, adding that he has “a lot of great stories” about Lee.
The Daily Beast article Lee linked to in his post discusses how Schumer and McConnell are “regularly in agreement” on major topics, such as military holds, aid for Ukraine, immigration, and also on smaller topics, such as temporary funding bills. It states that aid and a commitment to Ukraine in its war against Russia have helped unite the two senators. The article included a comment from Democrat Majority Leader and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who said the relationship between Schumer and McConnell is “stronger than ever.” He added that both sides found “an opportunity to agree on some things.”
Holmes, who also managed one of McConnell’s Senate campaigns, is now a podcaster and political consultant.
Lee, who also announced his support in the 2024 Republican presidential primary race for former President Donald Trump, is not the only one criticizing McConnell. On Jan. 14, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called out McConnell after details of the bipartisan Senate deal about border policy changes were leaked. She said the problems in the Senate come “from Mitch McConnell and those that hold the power over there.”
Polls show that lawmakers are not the only ones who don’t support McConnell, who is serving his seventh six-year term since he was first elected to the Senate in 1984. A Monmouth University Poll shows McConnell with a six percent nationwide approval rating, the lowest overall rating of any lawmaker.
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