Con­ser­va­tive group wants McCon­nell to quit

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USA TO­DAY WASHINGTON An in­flu­en­tial ar­ray of ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive lead­ers is call­ing on Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell to re­sign, call­ing him a “fail­ure” who “has cost Repub­li­cans al­most a year of vic­to­ries.”

“He has demon­strated that he ei­ther does not un­der­stand the frus­tra­tion com­ing from con­ser­va­tives and the ur­gency of pass­ing key leg­is­la­tion — or he does not care,” Free­domWorks Pres­i­dent Adam Bran­don said in a state­ment Wednesday.

“It’s time for new lead­er­ship.”

Free­domWorks, a Washington ad­vo­cacy group aligned with the tea party, has crit­i­cized McCon­nell’s lead­er­ship for years, tar­get­ing him and other GOP lead­ers as in­suf­fi­ciently com­mit­ted to a hard-right agenda.

Oth­ers sign­ing on to Wednesday’s push for McCon­nell’s ouster in­clude Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Pa­tri­ots, and Ken Cuc­cinelli II, the for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral of Vir­ginia and pres­i­dent of the Se­nate Con­ser­va­tives Fund.

A spokesman for McCon­nell de­clined to com­ment.

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