Republicans added reliable conservatives in the U.S. Senate and picked up several Freedom Caucus members in the House according to a post-election analysis by a conservative activist.
Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general, shared his views Wednesday morning with the "Sandy Rios in the Morning" show on American Family Radio, where he said conservatives should be pleased with the midterm results because conservative views will be well-represented when those winners take office next year.
"Both Republican caucuses, House and Senate, got notably more conservative last night," he told talk show host Sandy Rios.
One example he gave is the Tennessee race for U.S. Senate, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn defeated Phil Bredesen to keep that seat in GOP control. But her win also moves the seat more to the right, he said, because she replaces Bob Corker.
"The sanctimony level of the U.S. Senate," he observed, "with the departure of [Jeff] Flake and Bob Corker, and the passing of John McCain in 2018, the sanctimony level is dropping precipitously."
Blackburn is likely the most conservative female lawmaker to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate, he told the program.
Cuccinelli oversees the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC that supports tea party conservatives, and he is openly no fan of the GOP-led Senate under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In fact, Cuccinelli told Rios it's likely that McConnell will fail to push back against the Democrat-led House next year.
"Mitch McConnell is a natural surrenderer," he complained, "and we will see that reassert itself as the Democrats come into the House."
If McConnell proves Cuccinelli and other critics wrong, he added, it would represent a "monumental shift" among unreliable GOP leaders John Cornyn, John Thune, and Roy Blunt in the Senate.
That is why fresh Senate faces, such as Missouri's Josh Hawley and Indiana's Mike Braun, are important for conservatives who want the Senate to fight, he said.
Asked by Rios about the U.S. House, which flipped to Democrat control on election night, Cuccinelli said the House Freedom Caucus picked up enough freshman members on Election Day to increase its influence to approximately one-fifth of Republicans. That influence will prove important, he said, when the push comes for Rep. Jim Jordan to be Minority Leader.
A change in GOP leadership is vital, Cuccinelli said, because the current GOP leadership is largely to blame for the loss of GOP seats.
"They did nothing in the House except for the tax bill," he said of Rep. Paul Ryan, the outgoing Speaker of the House, and his lieutenants.
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
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