Monday, June 4, 2007

The Hill: NRSC Acknowledges Party Divisions Caused By Mitch McConnell

As if it were not enough for Mitch McConnell to divide the Kentucky Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee now admits Mitch McConnell has thrown the national Republican Party into turmoil:
NRSC Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) talked to ABC News about the immigration discussion last week, but it is no longer accessible on the site, and it is unclear when it will launch or what shape it will take.

The summaries included videos of Republican senators disagreeing on the issues, pitting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) against colleague Jim DeMint (S.C.) in one case...

DeMint has been a top critic of the bill, which he calls “amnesty.” McConnell has been an advocate for a compromise.

The issue has been a hot potato for the GOP in recent weeks. It has driven a wedge through its 49 members and disturbed a segment of its base, potentially causing fundraising trouble for a committee already trailing its Democratic counterpart by a 2-to-1 margin.

McConnell and other Republicans have drawn heat and, in some cases, boos from their constituents when talking about the bill.