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Today, Senator Mitch McConnell announced that he will step down from his position as Senate Republican Leader in November. Shortly after, Rick Scott posted a vague message on social media that many have interpreted as an announcement of his desire to succeed McConnell as leader. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement:

“The stakes in Florida’s U.S. Senate race have never been higher,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “Florida was already ground zero in the fight for the Senate majority, but now the November elections could also decide the next Senate Majority Leader — and Rick Scott’s personal ambition could open the next front in the ongoing Republican civil war.

“Despite being one of the least popular people on Capitol Hill, Rick Scott’s has long held delusions of replacing Mitch McConnell. When he openly challenged McConnell for leadership in 2022, he was only able to convince ten of his most conservative colleagues to join him. That effort burned so many bridges that he’s not even willing to clearly say if he’ll seek leadership for fear of the backlash.

“A Senate under Rick Scott’s leadership would be a nightmare for Americans everywhere — he’s made no secret of his desire to sunset Social Security and Medicare and take away reproductive rights nationwide. Florida Democrats are working tirelessly to send Rick into retirement and save us all from the future he wants to create.”

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