McConnell, Weirdly, to CEOs: “Stay Out of Politics”

Doug Harris
2 min readApr 8, 2021
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I’m sorry, what?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had harsh words and ill-advised advice this week for business leaders speaking out against voting law changes in Georgia. Like many members of the public, they believe the revisions passed by Georgia’s congress and signed by its governor will make voting more difficult, if not impossible, for many minorities.

Still, McConnell said, “I found it completely discouraging to find a bunch of corporate CEOs getting in the middle of politics,” at a press conference in his home state of Kentucky on Monday. “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

You would think that someone like McConnell, who’s been in the US Senate since Homer’s dad was a pup, would have grasped, somewhere alone the line, that politics is business — a business, anyway.

He does, in fact, know that very well: He is in all but name, the Chief Executive Officers of the Senate. And he plays that role in a more domineering way than even a minority of the bosses at private-held- companies.

(Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, the US’s second-largest employer, has long been criticized for undervaluing his workers — there are now close to 1,000,000 of them world-wide — at least 600 of whom have been stricken by the corona virus. It has been documented that, denied bathroom breaks, workers have been forced to urinate in bottles. A recent ’60 Minutes’ report cited efforts the company now is making, in the wake of massive employee protests, to provide both better protections and better wages. Time will tell.)

It defies logic how McConnell, who’s popularity rating was 18% some months before last November’s election, was reported to be liked by 39% by November. He won reelection with a 20-point margin — despite the fact that so much of what he does and backs is contrary to the best interests of his voters.

DC Report suggests, in so many words, that there’s something amiss in the vote totals reported in Kentucky last November.

“Even as Republicans across the country still insist that the election was rife with fraudulent Democratic votes, no one’s asking how McConnell managed one of the most lopsided landslides of the Nov. 3 election. They should. An investigation of Kentucky voting results by DCReport raises significant questions about the vote tallies in McConnell’s state.”

No wonder he wants business leaders to not interfere in politicians’ efforts to afect who is able to vote!

Doug Harris

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