The heads of five conservative groups sent a letter to Senate Republican leaders calling on them to step down from their posts, saying they aren’t making progress on the GOP’s agenda and haven’t worked hard enough.
Representatives of FreedomWorks, Senate Conservative Fund, Tea Party Patriots, For America and Media Research Center said Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the four other leaders of the Senate GOP conference should step down.
“2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington,” wrote the leaders of the groups, most of which are allied with the Tea Party movement. “Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They –-you -– have done nothing.”
Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Conservative Leadership Fund, said at a news conference on Wednesday that this year has been a “spectacular failure” with them in charge.
The Senate isn’t make enough progress on cutting taxes, undoing Obamacare, controlling the deficit and securing the border, said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center. “The Senate under the leadership of Mitch McConnell has done nothing to honor those promises,” Bozell said, adding that “it’s been an absolute betrayal.”
The letter chided Republican leaders for not working hard enough. “Perhaps more could be accomplished if you and the rest of your Gang of 5 leadership team would work harder, and require the rest of the Senate to do the same,” they wrote.
The move underscores a protracted intraparty war between the GOP’s pro-business “establishment” wing and a more-rebellious wing that helped elect President Donald Trump and favors smaller government and a crackdown on immigration.