For Immediate Release
January's Scoundrel of the Month: Sen. Mitch McConnell
WASHINGTON - Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can’t filibuster this vote: After thwarting a far-reaching proposal to reform Senate rules, and then bragging about it, the minority leader is your choice for January’s Scoundrel of the Month.
“Time and again, Sen. McConnell has put the politics of the moment ahead of the public interest with his constant obstruction of Senate business,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “With his unprecedented abuse of the filibuster, Sen. McConnell is the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with Washington.”
In January, a group of reform-minded senators floated a proposal to curtail the abuse of the “silent filibuster.” Ultimately, the Senate adopted a watered-down rules reform package, which members from both parties hailed as a bipartisan triumph. Nevertheless, within hours Sen. McConnell’s reelection campaign sent an email to supporters boasting “We Beat the Liberals,” and promising Sen. McConnell would continue to routinely obstruct Senate proceedings.
The minority leader has long demonstrated he is shameless when it comes to frustrating the will of the majority. Over his long tenure as the Senate’s obstructionist-in-chief, Sen. McConnell has prevented the Senate from passing measures he previously supported, like campaign finance disclosure measures, and in one absurd case, even filibustered his own bill.
Nominations are already being accepted for February’s Scoundrel of the Month. People, entities, and agencies are all eligible. Submit your choices by February 22. Voting will begin the following week.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.