Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Tuesday insisted he was not speaking about Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when he lashed out at Republicans for “trash-talking” Senate GOP candidates.
Scott wrote a scathing op-ed within the Washington Examiner on Sept. 1 during which he slammed GOP critics for questioning the standard of Senate candidates. The op-ed was revealed lower than two weeks after McConnell mentioned “candidate high quality” might be a cause why Republicans received’t seize management of the Senate in November.
However on Tuesday, after assembly face-to-face with McConnell for the primary time because the August recess, Scott mentioned his op-ed was geared toward nameless GOP sources quoted in media retailers and never on the Senate’s high Republican.
“I mentioned those that do nameless quotes to the liberal media … individuals are doing nameless quotes and trashing our Republican candidates,” he mentioned. “It’s treasonous to the conservative trigger.”
Requested if he was making any reference to McConnell, Scott insisted: “No.”
“My op-ed mentioned these individuals which might be doing nameless quotes that trash our candidates, that’s not serving to, that’s hurting our candidates,” he mentioned.
Scott’s op-ed, nonetheless, appeared timed to reply to McConnell’s expressed issues in regards to the high quality of Senate candidates.
The Senate Republican chief advised an viewers in Florence, Kentucky, final month he thought that Republicans usually tend to win again the Home than the Senate and cited “candidate high quality” as extremely essential in Senate races.
“I believe there’s most likely a higher chance the Home flips than the Senate. Senate races are simply completely different — they’re statewide, candidate high quality has so much to do with the result,” McConnell mentioned in mid-August.
Scott declined to say whether or not he and McConnell had talked about find out how to resolve their public spat earlier than assembly with the remainder of the GOP management crew within the Capitol Tuesday afternoon.
“I don’t discuss any non-public conversations,” he advised reporters.
However he mentioned he and the GOP chief are unified on eager to wrest management of the higher chamber away from Democrats.
“I believe Chief McConnell and I are in the identical place. We need to win the races,” he mentioned.
Scott, nonetheless, advised Politico in an interview revealed on Sept. 1 that he and McConnell “clearly have a strategic disagreement” over simply how sturdy the Senate Republican candidates are heading into the autumn.
“Sen. McConnell and I clearly have a strategic disagreement right here … Now we have nice candidates,” he mentioned final week. “He desires to do the identical factor I need to do: I need to get a majority. And I believe it’s essential that we’re all cheerleaders for our candidates.”