GOP Senate Candidate Express Compassion For McConnell Following Health Scare

Republican Senate candidate Trent Staggs said he feels some form of compassion and empathy for Senate minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) following the lawmaker’s recent health scare. 

Staggs —who is also the mayor of Riverton, Utah— told Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle that McConnell “is clearly suffering some type of health issue.”

“It (McConnell’s health issue) is scary. It is unfortunate,” Staggs said. “I do want to express some type of empathy, compassion for Mitch McConnell. He is clearly suffering some type of health issue. I don’t know what it is. But you’re right. I mean, the compassionate thing to do here, and the adult thing to do, is to have a conversation with him and in and just say, hey, it’s time to pass the torch. And let’s identify somebody who really just is one that can carry that torch and symbolizes, is emblematic of the conservative movement that we need that’s going to put this country in the right direction.

Staggs’ comments come after McConnell, 81, had two episodes where he froze on national TV during a press conference. The first freezing episode occurred in July, while the other was in late August.

On saturday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called for a change to the Republican leadership in the Senate. The Utah senator accused McConnell of signing up with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to force the House to agree to $24 billion in aid to Ukraine. Lee added that Republicans nationwide have grown tired of Senate GOP leadership supporting bills that unite Democrats. 

Stags said he supports Lee’s call for new Republican leadership in the Senate.

“I support Mike Lee in this and you’re right. He’s just been fantastic. He’s exhibited leadership,” Staggs said. “It’s what we need. I mean, we need adults in Washington, DC, that that are more interested in advancing the interests of the American public— those whom they’re supposed to represent—than going out there and trying to perpetuate the status quo – the establishment that unfortunately, they have demonstrated they represent.”