Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, this week chided Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for "abandoning" Blake Masters, the Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, The Hill reported.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with McConnell, pulled out of the race before the election, which Masters lost to incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., last week.
"Abandoning Blake Masters was indefensible," Cruz said on an episode of his podcast, "Verdict," released on Monday.
"Because Masters said he would vote against Mitch McConnell," Cruz added, referring to comments Masters made during a primary debate where he said that he would support either Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., or Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., as the GOP's Senate leader over McConnell, who Masters said was not good at "legislating."
Cruz said on Monday: "Mitch would rather be leader than have a Republican majority. If there's a Republican who can win who's not going to support Mitch, the truth of the matter is he'd rather the Democrat win."
Cruz recently called for a delay to the Senate's leadership elections until after the runoff election in Georgia takes place between Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
"It makes no sense for Senate to have leadership elections before GA runoff. We don't yet know whether we'll have a majority & Herschel Walker deserves a say in our leadership," Cruz wrote on Twitter last week.
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