Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) from the influential Commerce Committee, a move many observers viewed as political retaliation for Scott’s efforts to oust McConnell as leader.
Further adding to that speculation was the fact that McConnell also yanked Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) from the committee. Lee openly supported Scott’s bid to oust McConnell and the duo has publicly confronted McConnell on federal spending and other issues.
McConnell defeated Scott 37 to 10, with one Senator voting present, in November to become the longest-serving Senate party leader in U.S. history.
“McConnell got to pick. He kicked me off, he kicked Lee off,” Scott told the Hill, confirming the news.
Scott reportedly found out about the move via a text message, recalling former President Donald Trump–who reportedly recruited Scott to take on McConnell–famously firing top officials over Twitter.