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MUST WATCH: NRSC Chair Rick Scott Gets Grilled On “Pretty Troubling” GOP Senate Candidates As Fears Mount Over “Celebrity” & “Inexperienced” Nominees

Margaret Brennan to NRSC Chair Rick Scott: “I’ve got a list of candidates who have had some, and have said some, pretty troubling things. Would you hire these people to work for you?”

Axios: Celebrity candidates threaten GOP’s hopes of a Senate majority

NRSC Chair Rick Scott was grilled by CBS Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan over the party’s flawed GOP Senate candidates who “have had some, and have said some, pretty troubling things,” as reports continue to highlight how Republicans are worried “that this crop of GOP Senate nominees is reminiscent of flawed Tea Party-aligned candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Todd Akin, who lost winnable races in 2010 and 2012.”

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CBS Face The Nation (WATCH): Margaret Brennan Grills Rick Scott – “Would You Hire Them?”

Brennan:

  • You said we should start electing people that we would hire.

  • In Georgia, Herschel Walker, Republican Senate candidate, has lied about the number of children he has, about his business dealings.
  • In Arizona, the candidate Blake Masters called the unabomber an ‘underrated thinker.’ He said that Al Qaeda doesn’t actually pose a substantial threat to Americans.

  • I mean, I’ve got a list of candidates who have had some, and have said some, pretty troubling things. Would you hire these people to work for you?

  • These are your Senate Republican candidates. These are your candidates.

  • You would acknowledge that if somebody went in for an interview for a private corporation, these things would come up as red flags to HR.

Axios: Celebrity candidates threaten GOP’s hopes of a Senate majority

By Josh Kraushaar

August 7, 2022

  • Inexperienced Republican candidates are threatening to cost Mitch McConnell a long-anticipated Senate majority in this year’s midterms.

  • The big picture: The GOP roster is filled with Trump-endorsed celebrities who’ve never run political campaigns — former NFL star Herschel Walker in Georgia, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and best-selling author J.D. Vance in Ohio.

  • Driving the news: The winner in this week’s Arizona’s GOP contest, Blake Masters — a venture capitalist who ran an unconventional primary comparing his candidacy to a tech startup — has resisted hiring political strategists to help tailor his message for a general election, according to Republican sources familiar with his campaign.

  • Between the lines: McConnell is concerned that this crop of GOP Senate nominees is reminiscent of flawed Tea Party-aligned candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Todd Akin, who lost winnable races in 2010 and 2012.

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