WASHINGTON (WIBW) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly knows who he'd like to see replace outgoing Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts.
According to the Washington Post, McConnell has been courting Sec. of State Mike Pompeo to run for the soon-to-be open Senate seat. Two people told the paper about a conversation between the two in which McConnell "directly urged" Pompeo to run.
Pompeo spokesman Robert Palladino did not confirm the conversation. “Secretary Pompeo is focused on serving the President and keeping Americans safe as the Secretary of State,” he reportedly responded when asked about the conversation.
President Donald Trump views Pompeo as one of his favorite Cabinet members and does not want him to run, the Washington Post said, citing two people familiar with his thinking.
Pompeo raced through the ranks of the Trump Administration. Less than two years ago, he was in Congress, representing Kansas' fourth district. President Trump quickly tapped the Army veteran to lead the CIA and, after then-Sec. of State Rex Tillerson was fired, Pompeo was moved over to the State Dept.
If he were to run, Pompeo would likely face plenty of competition in a Republican primary. Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner has already announced his intention to run and former Gov. Jeff Colyer has said he is considering a bid. Former Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach and 1st Dist. Rep. Roger Marshall have also been mentioned as possible candidates.