With Senator Shelby (R-AL) retiring, we knew there was a very good chance multiple Trump allies would run for the seat.
That was exactly the case, with both Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and a former ambassador during the Trump administration, Lynda Blanchard, running for the seat, the big question was which one would garner the support of Trump.
That speculation has been ended, as Trump has put the full weight of his influence behind Rep. Brooks.
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The move to pick Brooks over Blanchard more than likely had a lot to do with name recognition.
Above all else, Trump is going to make sure he backs candidates that can win, and Brooks should be able to do that.
Brooks has been active in Alabama politics since 1982, when he won his Alabama State House seat for the first time.
In 1996, Brooks transitioned over the Madison County Commission, where he served until he won his congressional seat in 2010.
Republicans should have no problem at all keeping his House set red, but they cannot afford to risk the election in the Senate with a lesser-known candidate.
Brooks was also a firm supporter of Trump’s throughout the presidency and beyond, so Trump giving him the thumbs up was almost expected at this point.
Trump, in endorsing Brooks, stated, “Mo Brooks has my Complete and Total Endorsement for the U.S. Senate representing the Great State of Alabama. He will never let you down!”
Trump’s top adviser, Stephen Miller, who is deeply rooted in the Alabama political scene, also endorsed Brooks.
Miller stated, “I can tell you from firsthand experience that the White House and the president considered Mo an invaluable ally during the entirety of the Trump administration, and that Mo has been an unyielding fighter on behalf of President Trump and the Trump agenda and the values that we all share.”
I know some in the Republican Party, such as Lindsey Graham, want Trump to stay out of primaries and allow this to all play out, but I like the strategy of identifying candidates early and building as much momentum as possible heading into the general election.
Source: Fox News