By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter
With a little more than week till the election, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, voted for former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore today in the U.S. Senate race on his absentee ballot.
Brooks said Moore is the best choice in the race and said he believes his campaign is in opposition to Washington interest groups.
“I can’t speak for anyone else, but, as for me, I stand with America,” Brooks said in a statement. “I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America!”
Moore responded by saying he was “very honored” by Brooks’ support. Moore called him a “true conservative fighter.”
Brooks and Moore once competed in the U.S. Senate race until the August party primaries where Brooks placed third and was ineligible to participate in the runoff. Moore will face U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., for the seat 10 days from today.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC with connections to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has poured millions into the Senate race running pro-Strange ads and attacking his opponents.
Brooks was the subject of political attack ads by the Senate Leadership Fund during his run. The Super PAC has also attacked Moore in his run for the seat.
The Super PAC’s activity and McConnell’s involvement in the race were other reasons why Brooks announced his support of Moore.
“We must be strong during the 10 days left before the election,” Brooks said. “The Strange/ McConnell forces care not one twit about truth; they freely use malicious lies in their non-stop, scorched earth, campaign of personal destruction.”
Polling for the runoff puts Moore with a slight edge but still close to Strange. Whoever wins the runoff will face former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, in the December general election.
The U.S. Senate race started earlier this year when Gov. Kay Ivey declared a special election after her predecessor, Gov. Robert Bentley, had set for the election for next year. Strange, who was Alabama’s attorney general at the time, was appointed to the position by Bentley after Jeff Sessions’ appointment to U.S. attorney general.