Rick Scott announces bid for Senate GOP leader

By Burgess Everett | 05/23/2024 06:20 AM EDT

The Florida Republican lost to Mitch McConnell in 2022 by a wide margin but earned the support of some conservative colleagues.

Sen. Rick Scott speaks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said, "There’s a lot of problems here,” about how the Senate is run. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott launched a bid Wednesday afternoon to succeed Mitch McConnell as the next Republican leader, telling colleagues he wants to make “dramatic change” in the way the conference operates.

The first-term senator will face an uphill battle against Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a former whip himself. Scott lost a race to McConnell in 2022, but he won the backing of the conference’s most conservative members. He’s likely to have the support of some of those members again this time around.

Scott predicted in his letter to fellow senators that the GOP will take the Senate back, build a larger majority in the House and elect former President Donald Trump “with a mandate for dramatic change.”


He said he’ll aim to increase transparency, abide by a six-year leadership term limit and will not “pressure” colleagues to vote against their states’ wishes.