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Brooks appoints Mooney as campaign chair

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 5, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was at Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Hoover for the Alabama Republican Party 150th anniversary celebration to announce his appointment of Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) as Chairman of the Mo Brooks for US Senate campaign.

Congressman Brooks said, “I am honored to have the support of a legislator as well-respected as
Arnold Mooney. Representative Mooney represents portions of both Shelby and Jefferson
County. These two counties, and other counties in the Jefferson County metro area, are critical
to any candidate’s success in a Republican Primary. I hope the people of the Jefferson County
metro area understand that, with this appointment of Representative Mooney as chairman of my
campaign, I am sending a clear, unambiguous signal that I know how important your part of the
State is to Alabama and to America.”

Representative Mooney said, “I have known Congressman Brooks by reputation for a long time
and came to know him personally during the last presidential race. While there are a number of
factors that cause me to endorse Congressman Mo Brooks for the United States Senate, let me
emphasize two.”

Mooney said, “First, Congressman Brooks has a spotless ethics record and a reputation for
putting Alabama and America above his personal interests. For example, Congressman Brooks
has served the public as a prosecutor in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, as a State Legislator, as a
County Commissioner and as a United States Congressman. Not once, not once, has
Congressman Brooks been the subject of a single ethics complaint with the Alabama Ethics
Commission or any federal government ethics body. That speaks volumes about the kind of
public servant Congressman Brooks is. I want an ethical person representing Alabama in the
United States Senate and Congressman Brooks has a proven record of conducting himself in
accord with the highest ethical standards.”

Rep. Mooney said, “Second, Congressman Brooks has a long record of proven conservative
leadership, as a prosecutor, as a legislator, as a commissioner and as a Congressman. With Mo
Brooks, I know Alabama will get a full spectrum conservative in the United States Senate. No
other candidate can boast the proven record of conservative leadership exhibited by Congressman Mo Brooks. With every other candidate, there is some degree of uncertainty about how they will vote in the United States Senate. That is not the case with Congressman Mo Brooks.”

Brooks said that in the most recent polling that has come out just this week, Roy Moore is leading with 32 percent of the likely Republican Primary vote. Luther Strange is still in second place with 20 percent. Brooks said that he himself is up to 16 percent: up from ten and thirteen percent in previous polls. “Those trend lines are very positive.”

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Brooks said that he understand how important that Jefferson and its adjoining counties: Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Walker, Tuscaloosa, and Bibb are to this race. More than one fourth of the total primary vote will come from this area.

Mooney said that Brooks embodies the principles of Alabama Republicans and that he is proud to serve as Chairman of the Brooks for Senate campaign. “He believes what we believe.”

Congressman Brooks said, “We ae not going to talk about the other candidates in a derogatory manner” but warned that they will defend themselves and his back if attacked. “I am running on my record. I have record that will distinguish me from the other candidates.”

Brooks did not rule out appointing other Chairmen saying that there was no rule preventing him from having more than one Chair. “We have got some good elected officials that are statewide known that will be supporting my campaign. I am very thankful that they have chosen the Mo Brooks campaign to get behind.”

There are ten Republicans and eight Democrats running for the office.

The special major party primaries will be on August 15, 2017, and the Special General Election will be on December 12.


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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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