Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Aerospace and Defense

Tuberville, Brooks claim credit for Space Command Headquarters. It’s a lie, insiders say

“Does any sane person truly believe Tuberville or Brooks could bring this type of deal together?” one source said.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, left, and Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, right. (CAMPAIGN PHOTOS)

Breaking news that Alabama will be home to the U.S. Space Command Headquarters is being tainted by the efforts of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, and Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, who are trying to take credit, saying they cut a deal with President Donald Trump.

Nothing could be further from the truth, said a Washington D.C. insider with intimate knowledge of the decision. “It’s laughable but also very cynical.”

“Does any sane person truly believe Tuberville or Brooks could bring this type of deal together,” said a Capitol Hill insider who spoke on conditions of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “It just a lie.”

At the final hour, Tuberville and Brooks are trying to bolster their tarnished reputations by claiming they brought home the Space Command a week after they participated in an effort to overturn a presidential election.

“This happened because of Senator Shelby, Gov. Ivey, [Congressman] Mike Rogers and [Huntsville mayor] Tommy Battle,” said a D.C. source who worked on the project but was not authorized to speak on the record. “It’s shameful. Brooks and Tuberville shouldn’t get a lick of credit.”

One insider explained bringing Space Command was very similar to the FBI’s choice of Huntsville for some of its operations. “These big projects start out with a huge budget, but they always need more money, and the Air Force, like the FBI, knows Sen. Shelby will deliver,” they said.

This morning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations Bob Moriarity informed Gov. Ivey by phone that Redstone had been selected as the home of the new Space Command Headquarters.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Bill Britt
Written By

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

DIG DEEPER

Health

The number of doses administered in Alabama has dropped by more than 40 percent since April 13.

Health

Gov. Kay Ivey's order was previously set to expire Wednesday. She's also extending the state of emergency until July 6.

Health

A separate report shows Black Alabamians, women make up a disproportionate percentage of low wage workers without health insurance. 

Legislature

The ACLU, the ACLU of Alabama and the New York City-based law firm Lambda Legal say a lawsuit would be imminent.