In a post to Facebook on Tuesday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Lynda Blanchard suggested that former Trump aide Stephen Miller had endorsed her opponent U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) because of a potential financial relationship between Brooks and Miller.
According to Blanchard’s post responding to a statement of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brooks, Miller served as an adviser to Brooks, which implied a financial incentive for Miller to endorse Brooks’ candidacy.
“[I] will just say that the President has been encouraging,” the Facebook post said. “He chose me as his Ambassador and I am honored. Sometimes things are done quickly in the world of Politics. Mo hire [sic] Stephen Miller as a consultant. Mr. Miller quickly pushed this endorsement. I was surprised by it. So were some other members of Trump’s team. I announced in this race first, so I will stay in this race. The link below is part of the reason everyone was baffled by this endorsement.”
In a statement given to Yellowhammer News on Wednesday, Miller denied having been hired by the Brooks campaign and insisted his support for Brooks was not based on compensation.
“Mo is my personal friend. We have worked together for many years, including in several historic battles to defeat amnesty,” Miller wrote. “I leapt at the chance to endorse Mo because he is the fearless leader Alabama needs — and America needs — especially during these perilous times. As I’ve said before, no one had President Trump’s back more these last four years than Mo Brooks. I am urging all Alabamians to send a message to the radical open borders socialists in Washington by supporting Mo in RECORD numbers. I have never been hired or paid by Mo Brooks or his campaign at any time. I am backing Mo with all my heart for the simple reason that my heart knows that we need Mo in the Senate now more than ever. I’ve seen what we are up against in Washington and I cannot emphasize strongly enough that Mo is the fighter we need in the U.S. Senate.”
Yellowhammer News has reached out to the Blanchard campaign and will update the story if the campaign chooses to respond.
Update 4:55 p.m.:
A spokesman for the Blanchard campaign said in a statement to Yellowhammer, “Mo Brooks is desperate to divert attention away from the fact that he has accepted contributions from woke, politically-progressive corporations, liberal Big Tech companies, and RINO Republicans like Mitt Romney. No amount of D.C. double talk and diversion from a career politician like Mo Brooks and his allies will take our focus off of his tainted contributions from the wokest of the liberal woke.”
Update 6:30 p.m.:
Miller responds to the Blanchard campaign: “It’s regrettable the Blanchard campaign missed an opportunity to simply and quickly correct the record. I am now formally requesting the Blanchard campaign retract their false statement.”
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