For Immediate Release: November 18, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: “Both House and Senate Republicans held their elections for leadership positions this week, and while the winners weren’t all that surprising, the challengers they faced were!” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin. “By all appearances, Rep. Kevin McCarthy will be the next Speaker of the House, but his victory came at the cost of a public challenge by stalwart constitutional conservative Rep. Andy Biggs and 30 other members voting against him. As we know all too well, a solid and immovable group of even just 30 House members can have a significant impact on a majority party.
“Likewise, and even more stark in past comparison is the challenge Senator Mitch McConnell faced to keep his place as the GOP leader in the Senate. McConnell was — for the first time ever — not elected by acclamation. This week, he faced a challenge by Senator Rick Scott (FL) and it’s reported that 10 of his 49-so-far Republican colleagues voted against him. Just as in the House, this is big news. Just 10 senators who stick to conservative principles can make a huge impact in moving the entire Republican caucus.”
Martin concluded, “I am quite hopeful that these votes prove a new and more vocal conservative block of legislators will stick to their guns and demand that Republicans in Congress hold true to the conservative values they run on. Already, Republicans in the House have announced an investigation into the international business dealings of the Biden family that have been suppressed by Democrats for many years. May the new House and Senate be bold in defending the Constitution and demanding transparency!”