“McConnell did whatever secret deal he did with the White House without talking to me,” Paul said Monday. “And so we simply said that we’re not against Meredith, but McConnell is going to at least discuss it with his other state senator.”
Paul, who said he learned about the Meredith pick from the FBI, added: “I think ultimately, McConnell is to blame for tanking this thing, because he tried to do it secretly, Democrats caught wind down of it in the state and they also tried to do it secretly even from his Republican counterpart.”
McConnell’s office declined to comment on Paul’s remarks.
Paul said he was “very open” to the Meredith pick — and could have supported him if McConnell handled it differently.
“I was willing to talk about it and say — because look, I’m pro life as they come, I would have supported Chad Meredith, I know the family,” Paul said. “But in the end, the whole thing was, we put out word to McConnell’s office that we were willing to discuss this. I don’t know why he wanted, but he never offered really to discuss it.”