Monday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) unveiled the "Fire Mitch McConnell" effort, part of his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Brooks unveiled the proposal in a statement that encouraged other conservatives to sign a pledge calling for new leadership for Republicans in the U.S. Senate beyond Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Brooks elaborated on the proposal by criticizing McConnell for his low polling numbers and his commitment to special interests.

"For starters, we need for our Republican leadership someone who has the respect of the American people so that that person can better carry the message of the public policy positions that we stand for," Brooks said. "I don't know if you've looked at the Real Clear Politics average for the leading political figures in Washington, D.C. But if you have, then you will know [McConnell has] far and away the worst favorable-unfavorable ratio of anybody in Washington, D.C. who has any semblance of a leadership position.

"He is three times worse, three times more unpopular in net unfavorable ratings than Joe Biden. Most people know that Joe Biden is pretty far underwater, OK? Well, think about it in this context: Mitch McConnell is three times worse than Joe Biden and he is 50% worse than Nancy Pelosi. Our message carrier needs to have more respect from the American people than Mitch McConnell has."

Brooks also accused McConnell of taking public policy positions and governing based on how special interests groups tell him.

"It's just as simple as that, OK?" Brooks said. "Mitch McConnell believes in the sledgehammer approach to campaigns, where you get the money and you hammer the opposition. How do you get the money? You do what special interest groups want you to do."

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