Pressure Mounts for Top Republican to Switch Jobs

Pressure is mounting for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to throw his hat into the ring for the open Senate seat in Kansas in 2020 – at least in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is reportedly pursuing Pompeo to run for the seat which will be vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. And Indiana Sen. Todd Young, the new National Republican Senatorial Committee chair, had nothing but praise for Pompeo in a recent interview.

“Let me put it this way: it’s certainly his decision,” Young told radio host Hugh Hewitt before mentioning the various capacities in which he’s worked alongside Pompeo. “I can conceive of no one who I’d rather work with in the United States Senate from the state of Kansas than Mike Pompeo.”

Some Kansas Republicans have already touted Pompeo as an alternative to the controversial former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who lost his bid for governor in the 2018 midterm elections. He has said he’s seriously considering running for the Senate seat.