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Tea Party group endorses Mo Brooks in Senate race

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A Tea Party Political Action Committee announced yesterday their endorsement of Alabama US Representative Mo Brooks in his campaign for the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions’ appointment to Attorney General.

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund endorsed Brooks yesterday calling him a “fearless leader and a fighter” for Tea Party issues.

Jenny Martin, the chairwoman of the group, said they were concerned about who would take over the US Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions appointment to Attorney General. She said the group was “thrilled” when Brooks decided he would run for the seat.

“He has fought to secure our borders and strengthen enforcement against illegal immigration; he has been a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment; he has championed our efforts to fully repeal Obamacare and return us to health care freedom; and he has fought for trade and tax policies necessary to defend and grow good American jobs,” Martin said in a release.

Brooks responded by “welcoming” the decision and saying he will work with the support of the Tea Party to fight “Washington special interests that hope to buy Alabama’s Senate seat.”

“There is no bigger fight for the heart of the Republican Party than that between establishment Republicans who are funded by lobbyists and special interests and principled conservatives who put America First, before the greed of special interest groups,” Brooks said.

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He said that Alabama voters must send a message to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senator Luther Strange and Washington Special interest groups.

“Trump promised to drain the swamp. In this election, the swamp is fighting back, as evidenced by the millions of dollars that fund the deceptive attack ads Luther Strange has aimed at me,” Brooks said. “I ask Alabama voters to defeat the swamp by defeating Luther Strange and electing Mo Brooks to fill a Senate seat formerly held by another great principled conservative, Jeff Sessions.”

The Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund, which is connected to McConnell, plans to spend over $2 million in Alabama campaigning for Strange. Recently, they spent almost $800,000 on an ad campaign against Brooks according to filings from the Federal Election Commission.

The ads caused a dispute about whether Brooks supported President Donald Trump during his run for the White House last year. Brooks disputed the ad citing a check he wrote for the Trump campaign back in October 2016.

The party primaries for the Senate race are set for August 15. The General Election is set for December.


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