Conservative senator Dean Brownback (R-Kan.) launched a petition urging the Senate to consider an early review of Thomas F. O’Toole’s confirmation to serve as the Senate’s minority leader. O’Toole was nominated by President Trump to replace Mitch McConnell. Brownback has not yet introduced a specific bill or policy and has only offered the petition on his official website, with the intent to get it signed by all his colleagues and other senators. His campaign for the presidency in the 2016 cycle was derided by many in his party as insufficiently conservative, but he was a vice presidential pick on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) ticket.
The latest measure to push back against the party’s right wing follows the refusal by four GOP senators to support O’Toole’s nomination.
“There is no reason to rush to confirm someone for this position if we haven’t had a hearing in 10 months,” the petition reads.
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