In a nearly unanimous vote among group membership, the Alabama Republican Assembly elected to endorse U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
The Alabama Republican Assembly, a grassroots conservative political organization, is the self-proclaimed “Republican wing of the Republican Party.”
According to the organization, its membership promotes “small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life, and constitutional values.”
In an overwhelming show of the assembly’s support for the North Alabama congressman’s candidacy, Brooks received 96% of all votes cast. A candidate needs to gain only 65% support among the organization’s membership to earn the endorsement.
Former Business Council of Alabama head Katie Britt and U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant each garnered 2% of the vote.
In a release, Alabama Republican Assembly president Don Wallace stated that the organization had determined that Brooks was “the only true and consistent conservative” seeking to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa).
“After careful evaluation of all candidates, the Alabama Republican Assembly determined that Mo Brooks is clearly the only true and consistent conservative running for US Senate,” declared Wallace. “We congratulate Mo on a decisive victory and endorse him for the US Senate.”
In response to the endorsement, Brooks slammed his opponents over what he referred to as the “false” and “deceptive” television advertisements that had been launched against his candidacy.
“I thank the Alabama Republican Assembly for their overwhelming 96% vote in support of my candidacy,” stated Brooks. “Despite a barrage of false, deceptive ads to the contrary, Republicans are figuring out that I am the only conservative candidate in Alabama’s Senate race and that both Katie Britt and Mike Durant are nothing more than high taxing, open border, special interest group Trojan Horses.”
He concluded, “The US Senate already has too many weak-kneed, liberal Republicans who masquerade as conservatives when campaigning yet join the Senate’s ‘Surrender Caucus’ at the very first sign of heated political battle. America needs a fighter in the Senate. That is why the Alabama Republican Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Mo Brooks.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL