Previous guy kicks Mo Brooks to the curb. Perhaps he’d like to share a few insights with the Select Committee about the insurrection aside from wearing body armor on that day. Mo’ rebranding, mo’ trouble in the GOP Senate primary. Hard to make McConnell the villain in this piece, Giant Orange just hates ‘losers’. “Trump has been frustrated for months by Brooks’ performance as he has failed to gain traction in the race.”
It’s not the only race in which Trump’s pick has been struggling. The candidate he originally endorsed in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, Sean Parnell, dropped out amid allegations of abuse from his ex-wife. In North Carolina, his endorsed candidate for an open Senate seat, Rep. Ted Budd, has failed to make a splash. And in Georgia, his pick for governor, David Perdue, is trailing incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, one of his top 2022 targets.
Trump has since become more cautious and held back endorsements in several high-profile races, including contests in Ohio, Missouri, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
Trump had backed Brooks since last April, more than a year ahead of the upcoming May 24 primary, rewarding the conservative firebrand and ally who whipped up a crowd of Trump supporters at the January 6, 2021, rally that preceded the Capitol insurrection.
Brooks has since found himself in a primary battle with two formidable opponents: Katie Britt, the former head of a state business group, and Mike Durant, a businessman best known as the helicopter pilot shot down and held prisoner in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident.
The Alabama Senate race will decide who replaces retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, a fellow Republican. Britt previously served as Shelby’s chief of staff.