He just won’t be cowed by fear. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks gets immediately back to politics this weekend to push for his Senate bid, just mere days after the harrowing attack by a sniper over what should have been a fund and harmless baseball practice with other Republican lawmakers.
Brooks said on Saturday in a fundraising letter: “I’m running for the Senate because the president needs real conservative backing him up.”
Brooks is running in special election in August for the Senate seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general and a close political ally of Brooks. Sessions’ senate seat is now temporarily being occupied by former Alabama state Sen. Luther Strange, appointed in February by then-Governor Robert Bentley
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Lo was in a critical condition after he was shot at during the attack in the GOP baseball practice for an annual Capitol baseball game pitting the Republicans versus Democrat. 18 Republican lawmakers were at the practice that Wednesday.
The attack was allegedly carried out by Illinois resident and progressive Jame Hodgkinson, whose social media postings have been consistently anti-Republican and anti-Trump.
Police who responded to the incident had fatally shot Hodgkinson. Brooks is known for being one of the most conservative House, and his name was found on a list of six GOP congressional lawmakers found in the possession of Hodgkinson.
Brooks remain in fierce fighting form in the fundraising letter. He said: “No room for Democrat-lite Republicans. No room for people willing to throw in the towel when the Fake News Media Criticizes them.”
Republicans are expected to keep the seat in conservative-leaning Alabama. The August primary, however, is expected to lead to a September runoff between the two top GOP vote-getters.