If you followed Congressman Mo Brooks’ campaign for U.S. Senate and his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House, there was one theme his opponents used: Mo Brooks was not pro-Trump in 2016.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC spent millions pushing that message across the state of Alabama and it seemed to be effective in areas where Brooks was unknown. In his North Alabama district, where Brooks has been a district attorney, state representative, county commissioner and congressman, he beat both Sen. Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore.
The anti-Trump attacks have been effective, but they apparently did not work on one guy, President Donald Trump who endorsed Brooks’ re-election, according to an announcement Brooks made Wednesday morning in Huntsville.
Here’s Trump’s endorsement:
“Mo Brooks is a fighter!
He fought by my side to secure our border, rebuild our military, cut your taxes, repeal ObamaCare, and build the wall!
He supports my Make America Great Again agenda.
We need more people like Mo Brooks in Congress.
Vote for Mo Brooks for Congress.”
Why this matters:
Trump is wildly popular in Alabama and having his support will help any campaign. His opponent, Clayton Hinchman is running attacks against Brooks on television and radio calling him an “anti-Trumper”, which makes less sense when Trump endorses Brooks. Brooks’ campaign treasury dwarfs Hinchman’s and you can expect to see and hear a lot of ads where Mo Brooks is touting the endorsement of President Trump.
— In the special election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, Brooks beat Strange and Moore in his Congressional district, although he didn’t make the run-off.
— Brooks beat his last general election opponent, Will Boyd, 66.7 to 33.2.