Pryor says he wants Schumer, not Reid, as majority leader

Sen. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) wants to replace Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidObama in Nevada: 'Heck no' to Trump, Joe Heck Dems double down on Nevada Latino vote Heck's rejection of Trump imperils Nevada Senate race MORE (D-Nev.) and give the job to Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerImmigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump Senate Dems demand answers from Wells Fargo over treatment of military MORE (D-N.Y.), he reportedly told donors at a private fundraiser last month.

According to audio of a Democrats for Education Reform PAC fundraiser obtained by The Washington Free Beacon, Pryor said the "best thing that could happen" to the Senate would be if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems brace for immigration battle if Clinton wins Rubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump Pelosi blasts GOP leaders for silence on Trump MORE (R-Ky.) "gets beat and Harry Reid gets replaced.”

Pryor then suggested Schumer as a replacement, according to the conservative website, saying he "does a pretty darn good job there in the Senate, and he's actually, he's not this crazy wild-eyed, left-wing liberal either."

Pryor is in a tight race against Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonCotton not ruling out 2020 White House bid GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election GOP chairman demands number of immigrants granted accidental citizenship MORE (R-Ark.), and has previously offered tepid support for Reid. Republicans have sought to tie Pryor to Reid, though it's unclear whether the New York senator would be any more palatable to Arkansas voters.