They propose to postpone leadership elections until after all the Senate races are called, which will take nearly a month as the Georgia runoff election looms in early December.
“Holding leadership elections without hearing from the candidates as to how they will perform their leadership duties and before we know whether we will be in the majority or even who all our members are violates the most basic principles of a democratic process,” the letter reads. “It is certainly not the way leadership elections should be conducted in the world’s greatest deliberative body. “
Separately, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted Friday that leadership elections should be delayed while the party makes “sure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities & values of the working Americans (of every background) who gave us big wins” in places like Florida. A Rubio adviser said that the Florida senator wants the party to define its vision for the next two years while also taking a look back at how they may end up with minority status in the Senate for another term.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has also called to delay leadership elections and said he will likely vote against McConnell. The other GOP senators are not yet taking as hard a line, and said they want “a chance to hear from leadership candidates as to what type of collaborative conference governing model we should adopt.”