Katie Britt, former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama who’s running to replace U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, pushed back against a statement by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, that Britt and his other opponent will “will go negative.”
Brooks made the comment during a visit to South Alabama on Thursday, AL.com reported. He noted a Club for Growth poll taken in April that showed him with a sizable lead over Britt and Lynda Blanchard, former ambassador to Slovenia under former President Donald Trump.
“When you have one person with 59 percent of the vote, and Candidates 2 and 3 at 13 and 9, they are pretty much boxed in to attack position,” Brooks said, according to AL.com “The only question is whether they will attack like Lynda Blanchard has or if they are going to attack indirectly through third party groups so they can have some degree of plausible deniability.”
“Katie Britt’s people are probably a bit more clever in that regard and will have third party groups that will attack on her behalf,” Brooks continued, according to the news outlet.
Britt responded in a series of tweets Friday:
“Bless his heart, it appears that Mo has trouble with the truth. I am focused on showing the people of our state how I will fight tirelessly to put Alabama First, grow opportunity for hardworking Alabama families, secure the border and hold China accountable. The response to our campaign has been incredible, and the momentum continues to build rapidly. Our campaign is centered on working toward commonsense, conservative solutions for the very real challenges that our state and our nation are facing. I encourage anyone interested in putting Alabama First, delivering for our state and never apologizing for it, to join our team today. We are going to win in 2022, because we don’t just need a senator from Alabama, we need a Senator for Alabama.”
Britt served as Shelby’s chief of staff from 2016 until 2018. Shelby last week threw his support behind Britt.
“She’s like family. She’d make a good candidate. She’s probably the best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time,” Shelby told Politico. “I’d support her, I’d vote for her.”
The Republican primary is May 24.