By Alexander Bolton - 10/03/13 12:51 PM EDT
Their rhetoric, Coburn said, has been used in television and radio ads attacking other Republican senators.
“He said to Cruz and Lee, ‘Don’t pretend to be naïve. You know outside groups are using what you’re doing as ammo against your colleagues,’ ” a Republican who attended the meeting said.
Coburn also told McConnell that he had allowed the situation to spin out of control.
“He said to McConnell, ‘This has happened because there’s a leadership vacuum,’ ” the Republican source said.