J.D. Vance Changes His Tune On Mitch McConnell As McConnell Allies Launch A $28 Million Rescue Mission
August 30, 2022
Columbus, OH – After spending the primary bragging that he was “the only person in the Ohio Senate race who’s actually been willing to criticize leadership,” J.D. Vance has changed his tune on Mitch McConnell now that he needs McConnell’s special interest millions to keep his struggling campaign afloat.
Last year, J.D. Vance went after McConnell, saying he’s “a little out of touch with the base.” Marjorie Taylor Greene even said she endorsed Vance in part because he “won’t hand his voting card over to Mitch McConnell.”
But now that Vance is relying on a $28 million cash infusion into the race, courtesy of a Mitch McConnell-linked super PAC, he’s stopped criticizing McConnell altogether.
- Since the primary, Vance has been spotted in D.C. at an NRSC retreat and at the same table as McConnell at a Senate GOP lunch.
- When McConnell stood in the way of creating 3,000 jobs in Licking County, Vance issued a tepid both-sides statement refusing to call out McConnell by name.
- And now that Trump is going after McConnell for his complaints about the “quality” of Trump-backed candidates (like Vance himself), Vance told Larry Kudlow (at the :35 second mark) that he’s “made peace with anybody who’s going to help us win… it’s time for the Republicans to actually unite.”
“J.D. Vance used to brag about being willing to criticize Mitch McConnell, but now that it no longer suits his political needs, Vance no longer dares speak out against the GOP leader — even to defend himself against McConnell’s criticisms. If J.D. Vance is too much of a coward to stand up for himself when McConnell insults him, how can he be trusted to stand up for Ohioans at all?” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.