The chairman of the Republican Study Committee says Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should step down as majority leader.
“I think he’s a huge part of the problem,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) told NBC News, comparing McConnell to the manager of a losing baseball team.
He noted that usually when a team goes on a bad losing streak, it’s the manager, not the players, who is fired.
“There’s a growing consensus that would be very happy if the fine senator from Kentucky called it a career,” Walker told NBC.
Walker leads a group of 150 conservative House GOP lawmakers.
House members have been increasingly frustrated with the Senate, which this week failed again to make progress on ObamaCare repeal.
A spokesman for McConnell declined to respond publicly to the criticism, but allies of the senator waived it off, noting that House members don’t vote in Senate leadership races.
No Republican senator has publicly expressed interest in challenging McConnell for the Senate’s top job, and even after the demise of the health-care repeal bill, Senate Republicans said his leadership position is safe.
House Democratic Leader Nancy…