Evan McMullin, who ran for president, but ultimately lost the election, stated on Meet the Press that, should he be elected in November, he will not camp with either of the two major political parties.
This comes on the heels of his refusal to take a stance on the issue of abortion. As a result, he would prevent the citizens of Utah from having a voice on Senate committees.
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The host, Chuck Todd, posed the question to him: If he stays in the Senate for the full six years, will he not caucus with either major political party, thereby committing his vote to one of those parties?
Evan McMullin: “I will maintain my independence and will not caucus with either side.”
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Chuck received the negative response from McMullin, who stated that he will not.
He has assured everyone that he will not relinquish his autonomy. McMullin will just not caucus with either the Democrats or the Republicans.
McMullin was asked once more whether (in the event that there was a scenario in which the Senate consisted of 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats) he would cast a ballot with the Republicans to give them authority over the chamber or with the Democrats to grant them control of the chamber.
Again, McMullin asserted once more that he would not choose a party, despite the fact that he was being pressed on the issue.
McMullin has stated that the parties will pick for themselves who will take the helm of the group. Therefore, that he will not participate in that in his capacity as an Independent.
NEW: McMullin's Senate campaign has paid out over $1.6 million to Dem firms despite repeatedly calling himself an 'independent'
(Note: His failed presidential campaign still owes over $600K)
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) October 16, 2022
The problem is that if McMullin chooses not to participate in the process of determining who will lead a party, neither party is required to offer McMullin any of the restricted committee seats that they have available to them.
There is no senator who is assured of a position on any committee. Each of the two parties is responsible for dividing up and allocating all of the committee seats that are available.
Both Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) are considered nominal Independents, but they caucus with the Democratic Party.
If King and Sanders followed McMullin’s promise to not caucus with Democrats, then neither King nor Sanders would be able to serve on any committees in the House of Representatives.
Perhaps the people of Utah do not want any of their senators to serve on committees, which is where the majority of legislative business is handled in the Senate.
McMullin will have a lot of time for television appearances because there won’t be any real work for him to do in the Senate, which is what he seems to enjoy doing the most, regardless of the situation.
Interesting decision by McMullin. Do you support it?This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.