Brooks brings senate campaign to Jasper

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/8/17

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, paid a visit to Jasper Monday morning as a part of his “Drain the Swamp Bus Tour.”

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Brooks brings senate campaign to Jasper


U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, paid a visit to Jasper Monday morning as a part of his “Drain the Swamp Bus Tour.”

Brooks, who is currently polling in the top three in the race to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat, spoke before a small crowd at Warehouse 319 in downtown Jasper. It was the first of several tour stops on the day with the campaign expected to visit around 30 cities before Election Day on Aug. 15.

“I’m not one of these guys who puts his finger in the wind, who looks at the latest polling data, and decides to go this way or that way,” Brooks said. “There really are some principles that are good for America and bad for America. I try to focus on the ones that are good and stop the ones that are bad, and that’s how you can count on me voting as a United States congressman.”

Brooks currently serves in the U.S. House as the representative for Alabama’s fifth congressional district.

“We haven’t done polling in this race or in my previous races for Congress on what you want to hear, so what you hear from me is what I really believe,” he said. “I highly recommend that you don’t listen to candidates and what they say solely. What you need to do is also verify what they say they are going to do is in fact what they are going to do. With me, you’ve got thousands upon thousands of a track record to judge me by.”

While addressing Jasper residents, Brooks mentioned his rankings by several conservative groups, citing himself being in the top on each one, despite what attack ads currently suggest about him.

“Those attack ads are based on polling data that tells the Luther Strange campaign what they need to tell you in order to try to create animosity or dissatisfaction towards me,” Brooks said. “They don’t really care if the attack ads are true or not. That’s not the purpose of those attack ads. The purpose is to besmirch the reputation of the target so that you don’t want to vote for the target but vote for Luther Strange.

“I’ve pointed out my conservative record,” he added. “These ads are all designed to make you think that I am someone that I am not. These ads are designed to make you think Nancy Pelosi is my best buddy and that I vote with Nancy Pelosi all the time. They have more money than all the other candidates put together. They can get away with trying to con the American people because they no the targets of those attack ads do not have the resources to set the record straight.”

Some ads against Brooks have suggested he doesn’t support the U.S. Military. Brooks mentioned his background of support for the military, saying the citizens in the Tennessee Valley, which is heavily involved in defense contracts, would not have voted him into office if he did not support the military.

“I serve on the House Armed Forces Committee. It is my job to be sure that we have a strong national security,” Brooks said.

Other ads have suggest he does not support the current president. Brooks said in the GOP primary that he was the Alabama chairman for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz. Once the Republican primary was decided, Brooks said he has supported the current president more than anyone.

“I wrote a $2,500 check to help Donald Trump win the State of Florida,” he said. “This is part of a strategy to divert attention from Luther Strange’s record. He doesn’t want this to be about ethics. I have a spotless ethics record. If we make voters think about ethics, how do you think the voters are going to vote.

Brooks said “an ethical cloud that was so bad over the appointment of Luther Strange” was the reason the state has called the senate election for this year.

“His campaign never talks about ethics, but they want to talk about the past when I was helping another candidate in 2015-2016,” he said.

Brooks said a filibuster rule, known as “the 60 percent” rule, in the Senate should be a determining factor in who conservatives vote for in the senate race.

“A majority of the senators have decided that you cannot advance legislation unless you have 60 percent support,” he said. “That means we have to get eight Democrats to agree with us to get anything done.”

Brooks suggested that Strange currently supports the 60 percent rule.

“President Trump has asked the U.S. Senate on seven different occasions to get rid of the 60 percent rule and go with majority rule, which typically is what you have in a democracy,” he said. “The Senate has turned a deaf ear to Trump’s request. I support President Trump in that regard. I have been against the 60 percent rule for years.”

Brooks urged local voters to turn out on Aug. 15.

“This is an important election for our state and our country,” he said. “We need people to go vote. We need to continue to send true, strong conservatives to Washington.”