After nine months of failing to repeal Obamacare after years of promising to get the job done, leading grassroots conservatives have had enough.
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccunelli, For America President David Bozell and others sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday asking for him to step aside. Republican Senators John Cornyn, Roy Blunt, John Thune and John Barrasso were copied on the letter and asked to do the same.
"Dear Senator McConnell, 2017 has been a disappointing year for the millions of Americans who fully expected, and had every right to expect real change in Washington. Republicans were given full control of the federal government. They – you – have done nothing. Worse, it is painfully clear that you intend to do nothing because, as is most apparent, you had no intention of honoring your solemn commitments to the American people. You were not going to 'drain the swamp.' You are the swamp," the letter states.
"Perhaps the greatest betrayal – and that is what it is – is your failure to repeal Obamacare, the single most devastating piece of legislation against freedom ever crafted. Every single Republican in federal office today is there because of the pledge to end this horror. We are now in October of 2017. The Republicans control the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. The GOP controls it all, thanks to that commitment."
The letter accuses McConnell and a number of his Republican colleagues of "doing nothing," on a number of pressing issues and offers a full-throated defense of President Trump's stalled agenda.
"You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration. You’ve done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, 'root and branch.' You’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing," they write.
"It is time for you and your leadership team to step aside for new leadership that is committed to the promises made to the American people. America is too good for you to lead it."
McConnell's approval rating in his home state of Kentucky sits at just 18 percent.