With Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) announcing he won't run for re-election in 2022 -- joining four other GOP incumbents who have already announced they will be stepping down -- Republican campaign consultants are worried about more Senate losses after losing control during Donald Trump's last year in office.
In an interview with U.S. News and World Report, one Republican insider looked at some of the potential candidates expected to run for the open nominations and worried they might be unelectable.
In addition to Blunt's seat in Missouri, Republican-held Senate seats in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Alabama are also opening up meaning the Republican Party will lose the built-in advantage of incumbency, meaning more work and money will have to flow into the races than normal.
Case in point, Missouri, with GOP campaign consultant Rick Tyler stating, "Any time you lose an incumbent, it's bad news. Missouri's not necessarily a safe state for Republicans. Democrats have won there."
"Several Missouri Republicans are expected to seek the nomination to replace Blunt, but none will be more divisive than former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned in 2018 amid the fallout of a sex scandal and ethics investigation. Missouri's Republican base has since rallied behind him, believing he was unfairly prosecuted," the report states. "Greitens was considering running for the GOP nomination even before Blunt's announcement. He is expected to announce his candidacy as soon as Tuesday morning."
Steven Law, CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund and an advisor to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated he is worried Republicans will repeat the mistakes they made in 2010 when they missed a chance to take control of the Senate.
"We have an opportunity to win back a majority," Law said. "But in 2010, that opportunity was lost on the Senate side because of unelectable candidates who got nominated."
Most vexing to campaign consultants would be a slate of candidates who win primaries by catering to supporters of ex-president Donald Trump.
The report goes on to note that the five GOP senators who have already announced they won't seek re-election may see their ranks swell as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is hedging his bets and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has refused to say what his plans are.
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On Monday, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) has a peculiar pushback on the claim that Republicans are pushing the so-called "Great Replacement Theory."
Specifically, Roy, a former staffer to Sen. Ted Cruz, argued that he would love to accept "brown people" moving into Texas — as long as they are replacing white liberals moving out.
"I am much more opposed to liberal white 'replacements' coming to Texas and perfectly happy to have 'brown' people you all like to endanger for your political games legally come!" tweeted Roy. "Tell you what, how about you leave and we swap in 10 'brown' people!"
Hey race-baiting leftists, I am much more opposed to liberal white \u201creplacements\u201d coming to Texas & perfectly happy to have \u201cbrown\u201d people you all like to endanger for your political games legally come! Tell you what, how about you leave & we swap in 10 \u201cbrown\u201d people!— Chip Roy (@Chip Roy) 1652656244
Roy has previously claimed that he opposes raising the debt ceiling for fear it would enable the teaching of "critical race theory" in schools.
The Great Replacement Theory is a white nationalist conspiracy theory that majority-white countries are being "forced" to accept the mass immigration of nonwhites, who will then either disenfranchise or subjugate them politically, or possibly even breed them out of existence.
This ideology is believed to be a key inspiration for the gunman who murdered Black people in Buffalo, New York. Despite this, mainstream right-wing figures in the United States have preached variants of this theory, from Fox News' Tucker Carlson to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
A Chinese immigrant who padlocked a church and opened fire on its Taiwanese-American congregation, killing one person and injuring five others, was motivated by hatred of the island and its people, US investigators said Monday.
David Chou jammed the doors shut using chains and superglue as dozens of parishioners enjoyed a post-service banquet at the church in Laguna Woods, near Los Angeles.
The 68-year-old, an American citizen who hails from China, also hid bags containing Molotov cocktails and spare ammunition around the building, before opening fire with two handguns, in what investigators say was a "methodical" attempt to inflict carnage.
"We know that he formulated a strategy that he wanted to employ," Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said.
"It was very well thought out from how he had prepared, both being there, securing the location, placing things about the inside of the room to perpetuate additional victims if he had the opportunity."
Chou, who works as a security guard in Las Vegas, launched the attack out of "politically motivated hate...(and) was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan."
Taiwan has been ruled independently since the end of a civil war in 1949. It has its own democratically elected government and a powerful military.
Authoritarian China claims the island as its own, insisting it is a renegade province that will one day be brought to heel.
Details emerged Monday of the heroism of one parishioner, who tackled Chou as he began shooting.
John Cheng, a doctor, charged Chou in a bid to bring him to the ground, allowing others to hogtie him until police arrived.
"Without the actions of Dr. Cheng there is no doubt that there would have been numerous additional victims in this crime," said Barnes.
"Unfortunately, after Dr. Cheng tackled the suspect he was hit by gunshots and he was pronounced deceased at the scene."
Five other people who were injured in the attack were taken to hospital. They ranged in age from 66 to 92.
Sunday's shooting came just 24 hours after a gunman killed ten people in Buffalo, in what is being investigated as a racist attack.
Gun violence is shockingly common in the United States, where deadly weapons are readily available and a powerful gun lobby works to prevent controls on their sale and distribution.
More than 45,000 Americans died from guns -- half by suicide -- in 2021, up from just over 39,000 in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.
Some 7,000 people have already died from homicide shootings or unintentional gunshots in the United States this year, with shootings in public places an almost daily occurrence.
There have been 202 mass shootings, defined as an incident in which four or more people are injured or killed, so far this year, according to the archive.
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