McConnell’s Health Raises Concerns For GOP

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( – Last week, it was revealed that Senate leader Mitch McConnell had been hospitalized after tripping during a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington. This incident led to many questions and doubts about the Senator’s health as well as the future of GOP leadership, according to a report from The Hill.

In January, McConnell became the Senate’s longest-serving leader and has been the leader of the Senate GOP Conference for nearly two decades. During his time as the GOP Senate leader, he has had to deal with the 2008 financial crash, the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, the President Donald Trump impeachment proceedings, and the Jan. 6, 2021 incident at the Capitol.

The 81-year-old Kentucky Senator fell during a dinner and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance. He is currently in rehab after being treated at the hospital for a concussion. His absence came only one day after the Republicans successfully blocked a District of Columbia crime bill, which left some Senators feeling worried about the future of leadership for the GOP.

According to The Hill, one GOP senator said that he has a “huge fan” of McConnell’s “ability to lead a very diverse group of individuals in a way that is masterful.” He then proceeded to say that he was worried about who the next leader would be and what their personality would be like.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (Wy.), former Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn (Texas), and Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) are most commonly viewed as potential successors for McConnell. However, while one unidentified Republican acknowledged that McConnell’s hospitalization was bringing up questions about the future, he said he didn’t think now was the time to discuss it.

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