Ex-McConnell aide thanks Bannon 'for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the Union'
A former campaign manager for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) weighed in shortly after polls closed Tuesday in Alabama to thank Stephen Bannon “for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union.”
Former McConnell aide Josh Holmes called the Senate special election a “national embarrassment” as embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore went against Democrat Doug Jones in what had become a competitive race in a deeply red state.
Before we get the results, I’d just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 13, 2017
Bannon, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s former White House chief strategist, campaigned for Moore going back to his primary runoff against Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R-Ala.).
Bannon, the executive of the right-wing Breitbart News, appeared with Moore on the campaign trail twice in the final week leading up to election day Tuesday, taking time at each one to specifically rail against McConnell and other Washington Republicans.
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McConnell previously called on Moore to withdraw from the race in the face of mounting allegations against Moore from women saying he pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. He also said Moore would likely face a Senate Ethics Committee probe if elected.
McConnell and Bannon have frequently clashed. McConnell has said Bannon and his allies are “specialists at nominating people who lose.”
Bannon has reportedly asked potential GOP primary challengers to commit to voting against McConnell for leadership if elected and has vowed McConnell will not be the Senate majority leader next year.