Several Republican senators are reaching out to their colleagues in preparation for a possible leadership vote in the event that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announces his retirement. While no official announcement has been made regarding McConnell’s retirement, the prospect of a leadership shakeup has already generated speculation and debate among political observers.
John Barrasso of North Dakota, John Cornyn of Texas, and John Thune of South Dakota, are taking steps to prepare for a leadership vote. They are actively contacting other Republican senators to garner support for a possible vote.
On March 13, McConnell was released from the hospital after he fell and suffered a concussion and a minor rib fracture at a private event the previous week. His office stated that he has been undergoing inpatient rehabilitation since then and is receiving physical therapy to regain strength, which typically takes a week or two after a hospital stay. McConnell is 81-years-old.link