Senator Rand Paul is not going to allow the establishment to buy him.
Rand Paul announced he would not be returning the blue slip for Chad Meredith because McConnell was trying to do it in secret.
"We have no reason to be opposed to Chad Meredith, other than we want at least the courtesy of the … minority leader, thinking that he's not so important that he doesn't have to talk to his fellow state senator, that's all we wanted."
"This was a secret deal by McConnell"
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) July 18, 2022
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the collapse of a deal with President Joe Biden to nominate a conservative, anti-abortion attorney as a federal judge in Kentucky.
Paul accused McConnell of not consulting him in the effort to have Biden nominate Chad Meredith to fill a U.S. District Court vacancy in Kentucky’s Eastern District.
“I support Chad Meredith and supported him when he was considered for a different position. I think he would make a good judge,” Paul told USA TODAY in a written statement. “Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart.”
As a result, Paul said he did not return Meredith’s “blue slip” to the White House, effectively killing the nomination plans.
“McConnell’s to blame for tanking this because he tried to do it secretly,” Paul told Politico Monday.
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