By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, July 28, 2017, Congressman and US Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) suggested that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) be replaced as Majority Leader if he fails to pass a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly called Obamacare) and urged the Senate to work through the August recess if necessary to get something done.
US Representative Brooks said, “Last night the Senate failed the American people. The failure was complete, from top to bottom. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed at the top. Luther Strange, the Senate’s newest member, failed at the bottom.”
Rep. Brooks urged the Republican Senators not to quit, “But today is a new day. Tough challenges require hard work. I urge the Senate to not quit on the American people. I urge the Senate to work 24/7 until they get America’s health care right. American lives are at stake. The ability of American parents to take care of their children is at stake. There is an old saying, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ I urge the Senate to be tough, stay in Washington, and get the job done. The House did it. So should the Senate.”
Brooks said that if Mitch McConnell can’t get this done, he should quit as Majority Leader: “If the Senate can’t get the job done. If the Senate quits. Mitch McConnell should also quit so that bold, new, conservative leadership can have a crack at getting America’s health care done right! America needs a Senate Majority Leader who has the ability to advance President Trump’s agenda. If Mitch McConnell can’t do that, then he needs to step aside and let someone else try.”
Brooks told Fox News, “If I were Mitch McConnell, I would resign.”
Representative Mo Brooks is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Senator Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General. Former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the vacancy until the people could elect their own Senator in a special election. Both Brooks and Strange are running for the Republican nomination in the August 15 Special Republican Primary.
Nine Republicans are running for the US Senate. They include: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange.
Seven Democratic candidates are running in the U.S. Senate Special Primary Election. Qualified candidates are Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.
Dom Gentile (R) and Brian McGee (D) both dropped out of the race on Monday.
The Special Major Party Primaries are on August 15, 2017. The Major Party Runoffs will be on September 28, 2017. The Special General Election will be on December 12, 2017.