Alabama Representative Mo Brooks will play first base in a Congressional Baseball game for charity according to GOP Coach U.S. Rep. Roger Williams of Texas.
“I look forward to starting at first base for the Republicans this year,” Brooks said. “The Congressional Baseball Game is a great tradition that brings Republicans and Democrats together at the Washington Nationals stadium where, last year, over 25,000 fans attended the game. Our bipartisan competition is friendly and raises millions for charity— $1.8 million last year alone. My Republican teammates and I have practiced hard and are hopeful we can bring home a win. As a former all-city outfielder for the Grissom High Tigers, I’ll proudly wear the Tigers uniform for the game.”
Last year the Republican GOP baseball team was targeted by an assassin while at baseball practice. The assassin had Congressman Brooks written on his short list of conservative congressmen he wanted to kill. Congressman Steve Scalise was hit badly but has recovered and will play in this year’s game. If not for the bravery of the two Capitol Hill police officers assigned to protect Rep. Scalise, as a member of the House leadership this episode could have been even worse.
Brooks continued, “The past year has been memorable. After experiencing the shooting at the baseball field in June followed by cancer surgery in December, I am grateful for the recoveries made by those who were wounded and our slow but sure collective return to good health. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to raise money for charity and participate in a great American tradition with my colleagues while supporters and loved ones cheer from the stands. Play ball!”
Despite the attack by the assassin, Brooks has never wavered from his strong pro-second amendment stance and even introduced legislation to allow Congress members to carry guns. The government that runs the District of Columbia is very hostile to the Second Amendment and won’t honor concealed carry permits issued by the states.
Brooks represents the 5th Congressional District and was recently nominated for a fifth term in the U.S, House of Representatives by his district’s Republican primary voters.