A pair of GOP senators have sounded the call for a thorough audit of Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in the wake of the sour 2022 midterms results.
Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) put forth the arguement that a third-party independent review of the committee should be carried out in order to find out just how funds were spent and to look into the overall lack of good results when it comes to securing a majority in the Senate.
As a spokesperson for the NRSC, Chris Hartline expressed to Politico that such a call for an intense audit was entirely unneeded due to the fact that the group already issues regular interval filing with the Federal Election Commission.
“We get audited every month. It’s called an FEC report,” exclaimed Hartline, going further to say that “every member of the caucus was kept in the loop on NRSC strategy and spending all cycle.”
In the period leading up to the 19th of October, the NRSC managed to raise a total of $234.6 million while the group spent $235.3 million since the start of the year 2021, as expressed the report.
The cries for an audit take place just as Scott attempts to take the position of Senate Minority Leader away from its current holder, Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Scott officially announced this intent to unseat McConnell for his leadership role this past Tuesday.
“The status quo is broken and big change is needed. It’s time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda,” expressed Scott. “That’s why I’m running to be the Senate Republican Leader.”
“I’m writing to you today because I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against,” expressed Scott via a letter to his fellow Republican senators. “I do not believe we can simply continue to say the Democrats are radical, which they are. Republican voters expect and deserve to know our plan to promote and advance conservative values.”
The status quo is broken and big change is needed. It's time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda.
That's why I'm running to be the Senate Republican Leader.https://t.co/B0rdMuR64Z
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) November 15, 2022
One of the main supporters of the effort from Scott seems to be Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).
“I’ll be nominating @SenRickScott for Senate Republican leader. We need a different, more collaborative governing model for our conference that is focused on fiscal sanity & bringing function to the Senate,” explained Johnson via a social media post. “I hope elections are delayed so Rick has a chance to lay out his vision.”
I’ll be nominating @SenRickScott for Senate Republican leader. We need a different, more collaborative governing model for our conference that is focused on fiscal sanity & bringing function to the Senate.
I hope elections are delayed so Rick has a chance to lay out his vision. pic.twitter.com/TSyHD7qaUl
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 15, 2022