Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Mitch McConnell, seems to be doing everything in his power to prevent the ever increasing amount of populist challenges to Republican leadership in the Senate. However, he took his efforts to a whole new level by calling Steve Bannon (former White House chief strategist) a “white supremacist.”

Did McConnell go too far?

According to Holmes:

“In 2018 we ought to revisit this question and find out if these people are still happy to be associated with Bannon. When you’re facing voters, I’d take one of the most successful majority leaders in history over a white supremacist any day.”

Despite this, one thing is clear. Holmes’ influence (not to mention Republicans’ in general) influence in next year’s Senate election is quickly deteriorating.

Holmes says that Josh Hawley, Missouri Attorney General, was his first choice for the midterm election next year. And, now, Hawley is refusing to endorse McConnell. This comes as a huge blow to Holmes, as he claims he had been working “his tail off to recruit Josh Hawley.”

According to Scott Paradise, Hawley’s spokesman, Josh has his reasons for choosing not to back McConnell. According to Breitbart:

“The Senate is broken and failing the people of Missouri,” Paradise said. “Josh is running because he is not willing to tolerate the failure of the D.C. establishment any longer,” Paradise added. “He won’t tolerate Claire McCaskill’s failure. And he won’t tolerate Republican failure, either.”

Hawley isn’t the only one though; about 24 Republican candidates for the Senate are refusing to show alliance with McConnell.

Meanwhile, Matt Rosendale (state auditor for Montana) sent a tweet with a picture of he and Bannon, stating that Bannon will end the “D.C. status quo.”

However, not everyone is onboard with Bannon, either. Sherood Brown (D-OH) recently made a comment, calling Bannon a “white supremacist.”

As name calling and allegations are flying right and left, Andy Sarubian (former White House advisor) refuses to be swayed. He states:

“No amount of smearing can change the fact that not a single U.S. Senate candidate was willing to go on the record and say that they supported Mitch McConnell for Majority Leader. Everyone can see right through the clearly desperate, unfounded and pathetic attacks coming from McConnell Incorporated.”