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GOP infighting ‘never makes sense,’ says Sen. Tillis amid public disagreement between McConnell and Scott


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Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said the GOP needs to steer clear of party leadership’s public disagreement over campaign strategy.

Tillis called the back and forth between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican National Senate Committee Chairman Sen. Rick Scott a “distraction.”

McConnell expressed reservations about the “quality” of Republican Senate candidates after Scott and the NRSC declined to intervene in the Republican primaries. Scott replied that Republicans have “great candidates” and criticism of them “will hurt our chances of winning.”

“I don’t think it ever makes sense,” Tillis said, according to Politico. “We have to focus on the races we can win and on a positive environment.”

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Senator Thom Tillis, RN.C., speaks to reporters outside the Senate Chambers of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2022.
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He added: ‘And it’s all a distraction away from what will motivate most voters.’

When asked for his prediction for 2022 last month, McConnell said there’s probably a “greater likelihood” that the House will become Republican than the Senate.

“Senate races are just different, they’re statewide,” McConnell said. “The quality of the candidate has a lot to do with the result.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 8, 2022.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 8, 2022.
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Scott said he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell having a “strategic rift” after the Kentucky senator said the “quality of the candidate” could hurt Republicans’ chances of taking the Senate.

“He wants to do the same thing as me: I want to get the majority,” Scott told Politico. “And I think it’s important that we all be cheerleaders for our contestants.”

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks with Fox News Digital during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Fla.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks with Fox News Digital during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Fla.
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Former President Donald Trump also sued McConnell on social media for expressing skepticism about Republicans’ chances of regaining majorities in Congress in November’s midterm.

In an article on Truth Social, Trump called the Senate Minority Leader a “broken political hack” and challenged his loyalty to his party.

“Why are Republican senators allowing a broke politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage Republican candidates who work hard for the US Senate,” Trump asked.

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