Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) announced on Monday that he will run for U.S. Senate.
Mo Brooks made the announcement Monday night during a rally at Bullet and Barrel Indoor Shooting Range and Training Facility in Huntsville. WAAY 31 has a reporter there, where signs from the campaign say "Fearless Fighter - Mo Brooks - Senate."
Sign at Mo Brooks' scheduled rally on March 22, 2021
He says he's the only candidate "with a record of proven conservative leadership that Alabama voters can see and trust."
"The stakes have never been higher. It is clear the Senate needs leaders willing to fight rather than cower in their foxholes. I am running for the Senate because America’s status as the greatest nation in world history is at risk, and because I am the only candidate for Senate with a proven record of conservative leadership that Alabama voters can trust and rely on,” Brooks said in a statement.
The position will be left vacant by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), who announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. Shelby is currently in his sixth term.
“I am grateful to the people of Alabama who have put their trust in me for more than forty years. I have been fortunate to serve in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Alabamian,” Shelby said at the time.
A silent protest also took place across the street. Several people are calling for Brooks’ resignation after his comments at a pro-Trump rally before the U.S. Capitol riot. At this time, it's still unclear whether or not that will impact his support here in Alabama, but a political science professor at Calhoun Community College says having the former president's support could be the winning factor in the Senate race.
"I think Alabama is one of the states that was most overwhelming for Trump in the 2020 election, so I think that's probably a reality," Dr. Waymon Burke said.
Brooks says he has talked with Trump regarding the Senate race three times in the last four weeks. At this time, it's still unclear whether or not Trump will endorse Brooks. However, Trump's former senior adviser Stephen Miller did announce his endorsement in Monday's rally.
"Nobody over the last four years has had President Trump's back more than Mo Brooks," Miller said.
So far, only one other person has announced their candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat. Lynda Blanchard made her announcement last month. She's Trump's former ambassador to Slovenia and calls herself a defender of Trump's legacy.
Currently, Brooks is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 5th district. That includes the following counties: Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and most of Jackson. He’s been re-elected to Congress four times.
Political Science professor at Calhoun Community College Dr. Waymon Burke says it's unusual for the seat to be open. It's only happened a few times before.