Congressman Mo Brooks announced Monday night he will run for Senate next year, a confirmation of his rising Republican profile as a fierce fighter for former President Donald Trump.
Brooks made the announcement before more than 300 supporters at a gun club in his hometown of Huntsville.
“I envy you,” former Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller said of Alabama voters getting to cast the ballot for Brooks. Miller spoke for about 10 minutes before Brooks took the stage.
Miller began his speech by saying, “I proudly endorse Mo Brooks for Senate.”
Brooks took the stage to “Sweet Home Alabama,” waving to supporters and talking about his 10 grandchildren and a daughter with twins on the way.
He told the audience, however, that he would not be giving a “rah rah” campaign speech and instead went through a list of concerns he has for the country. He also said the United States is in danger of losing its status as the greatest country in the history of the world.
He also hit again on claims of election theft and voter fraud, a position he staked out early in Congress that made him a leader of the effort to capture a second term for Trump after President Joe Biden had been elected. There has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud despite claims by Trump, Brooks and others.
“In 2020, we had the worst voter fraud and election theft in history,” Brooks told the audience.
Brooks has been elected six times to Congress and has won every re-election in a landslide.
“Many of you may be asking yourself, ‘Why is Mo Brooks giving up a secure House seat for a n opportunity to run for the United States Senate?’” Brooks said in his speech. “There are lots of reasons but let me mention a couple. One, America’s status as the greatest nation in world history is at risk. It’s at risk from those within our country for adopting policies that, in the long haul, will hurt America and reduce us to a second-rate country.
“A second reason is, it has become apparent that I will am and will be the only candidate for the Senate with a record of proven conservative leadership that Alabama voters can see and trust. In these perilous times, I would submit that is important – that kind of experience, that kind of record where you don’t have to worry about whether I’m going to do the right thing, whether I’m going to do what I say I’m going to do when I campaign and seek your vote. Because my record proves that I do what I say I’m going to do on behalf of the people I represent and behalf of this great country.”
In wrapping up a speech that spanned more than 20 minutes, Brooks cited his status as a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
“I have a proven track record of conservative credentials that voters can look at and rely on,” Brooks said.
Talking with reporters following the speech, Brooks said he has been in frequent contact with Trump in recent weeks.
“I have spoken with President Trump quite a few times about this Senate race,” Brooks said. “He’s called me three times in the last four weeks. I’m not in position to speak for President Trump. At some point, the president may decide to become engaged in this race or not. I’m going to defer to him the time and place of his stating his position on the Alabama Senate race if he’s going to have one.”
The Alabama Democratic Party, in a statement released Monday night, described Brooks and Miller as “terrible human beings.” The party sent out a fundraising email over the weekend, seeking to capitalize on opposing Brooks’ campaign.
“Stephen Miller and Mo Brooks are not only bad for our country and our democracy; they are terrible human beings. And liars,” Wade Perry, executive director of the Alabama Democrats, said in the statement. “Good people don’t encourage and cheer forced family separation and kids in cages. Good Americans don’t lie to fellow Americans about made-up fantasies of election fraud when there is NO EVIDENCE. And good people and good Americans definitely do not foment sedition or violence against our Capitol. They both did and should both be ashamed of themselves.”
In his speech, Miller referred to Trump’s “America First” movement in describing Brooks as an ideal Senate candidate.
Among those in attendance at the rally was Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Wahl and Paul Reynolds, Alabama’s national committeeman for the Republican National Committee. Jennie Robinson, a longtime friend of Brooks and his wife, Martha, and president of the Huntsville city council, was also in attendance.
Brooks is seeking to replace Sen. Richard Shelby, a giant in Alabama politics who announced his retirement in January. Shelby will finish out his term, which expires in January 2023.
This will be Brooks’ second shot at the Senate. In 2017, he finished third in the GOP primary in the state’s special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who had resigned to become U.S. Attorney General in the Trump administration.
Brooks has served in Congress since 2010 when he defeated incumbent Parker Griffith. Since then, Brooks has been re-elected five times in landslides in his north Alabama district.
Brooks is the second candidate to enter the race, preceded last month by Lynda Blanchard – the former ambassador to Slovenia under Trump.
Other Republican candidates speculation has centered on to enter the race include Katie Boyd Britt, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. Merrill ran for the Senate in 2020 before dropping out before the Republican primary.