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Mo Brooks doesn’t rule out support for Mitch McConnell

McConnell is seen by some more conservative Republicans as not conservative enough, which could spell trouble for Brooks.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with a reporter as he leaves the Capitol after the final vote of the week on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, who is running for Senate, hasn’t ruled out supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as Republican leader, which might not sit well with some more conservative Republican primary voters who see McConnell as not conservative enough. 

“I will support the candidate for Senate majority leader who is the most conservative and best reflects the values of Alabama citizens,” Brooks told Burgess Everett, co-congressional bureau chief for POLITICO, on Wednesday. 

Asked by Burgess if that could be McConnell, Brooks said “if he’s the most conservative. There are some that he’s more conservative than, and some not. So yes, it could be.”

McConnell recently faced backlash from more conservative Republicans for his yes vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.2 billion infrastructure bill, which also drew criticism from former President Donald Trump. 

“I watched each of the two previous administrations struggle with the issue of how to meet the infrastructure needs of the country,” McConnell told The Washington Post. “I joined 18 other Senate Republicans feeling like now is the time to address it.” 

Brooks faces Katie Britt, Mike Durant and Jessica Taylor in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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