HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Saturday picked up the endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks — who finished third in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary — as he heads to a runoff with Sen. Luther Strange.
Brooks attended a Moore campaign rally in Huntsville, calling Moore a man of honor. He criticized attack ads that he said were trying to lead Alabama voters like “sheep.”
“It’s time for us to fight back. This Senate race is down to this. We are in an epic battle between the people of Alabama who put America first and the Washington swamp that hopes to buy our Senate seat and put America last,” Brooks said. He then put on a Moore campaign sticker as he displayed a copy of his absentee ballot showing he had already voted for Moore in the Sept. 26 runoff.
Moore, the state’s former chief justice who was twice removed from his duties, is in a heated runoff battle with Strange, who has the backing of both President Donald Trump and a super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that has put millions of dollars into the race.
“Voters are going to decide this election based on who they think is the best conservative fighter who can support President Trump’s America-First agenda. President Trump, NRA, and National Right to Life say that choice is Luther Strange. We’re confident voters will agree,” Strange campaign spokesman Cameron Foster said Saturday.
Moore was the top vote-getter in the August primary, finishing about 25,000 votes ahead of Strange. Brooks, as third-place finisher took nearly 20 percent of the vote.
The Freedom Caucus member said he was uncertain how much his endorsement will help, since Strange and Moore are both known quantities to Alabama voters. However, Brooks said he thought his role could be to counter attack ads.
With a little more than a week to go until the runoff, Strange and Moore campaigned on opposite ends of Alabama this weekend, urging their voters to get to the polls in an election that’s projected to have extremely low turnout. Both Strange and Moore have aligned themselves with Trump, who remains deeply popular in the blood red state.
“I’m honored to have President Trump’s endorsement. I talk to him virtually every week. He’s all in. He wants someone in Washington he can work with. And why does he pick me? Because I’ve been in Washington for the last seven months working tirelessly to promote his agenda,” Strange told a meeting of the Baldwin County Young Republicans at a Fairhope restaurant.
“All the polls that we’ve seen show that it’s a dead heat, very close within the margin of error one way or the other. The question will be who gets their voters out to the polls,” Strange said.
At the rally in Huntsville, Moore said the Republican-controlled Senate is failing Trump. Along with the Huntsville rally where Brooks appeared, Moore made stops at a GOP club meeting and churches in north Alabama.
“The Senate doesn’t want to change. They don’t want to do what President Trump was elected to do. I feel his frustration. I feel his anger in winning the Republican nomination and going to Congress and having Republicans turn their backs on him. We need to do something,” Moore said.