Republican congressman Mo Brooks is one of the gaggle of Republicans running for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat — as well as the approval and endorsement of President Donald Trump.
Brooks is running against appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, an ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore, in a primary slated for next Tuesday that will determine two candidates for the final runoff.
In a surprise announcement-by-tweet on Tuesday night, Trump gave Strange his “complete and total endorsement”:
Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
In a statement, Brooks expressed his sadness over Trump’s decision, claiming he was “baffled and disappointed Mitch McConnell and the Swamp somehow misled the President into endorsing Luther Strange.”
Brooks has previously registered his opposition to McConnell, calling for his ouster last month after the failure of Republican efforts to pass health care legislation.
And so, in light of Trump’s tweet knocking the Majority Leader, Brooks has made one last-ditch effort to win back his affection, telling the president that Strange and McConnell don’t “support [his] agenda,” and asking Trump to reconsider his endorsement:
— Mo Brooks (@mobrooksforsen) August 9, 2017
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