With less than 24 hours until Republican voters go to select their choice for who will represent the GOP in November's U.S. Senate election, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) is calling for his opponent, former Business Council of Alabama head Katie Britt, to be disqualified for what he claimed as supporting Doug Jones in his 2017 U.S. Senate bid against then-Republican candidate Roy Moore.
Brooks' overtures about the 2017 election have been a fixture on the campaign trail during this 2022 cycle.
However, on Monday's broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Brooks called the Alabama Republican Party to formally disqualify Britt as a Republican candidate.
According to Brooks, the threshold for disqualification has been much lower for other would-be GOP candidates.
"I don't know what you mean by backward-looking in as much as the Alabama Republican Party disqualified a number of candidates for doing lesser things in support of Doug Jones," said Brooks. "So, if the Republican Party was going to be consistent at the Alabama Republican Party executive committee level or steering committee level, then they would treat Katie Britt as they have treated other candidates who have been disqualified by the Alabama Republican Party for doing less than Katie Britt did. These other people who were disqualified were basically foot soldiers. Katie Britt was a commanding general along with Richard Shelby. That's a big difference."
When asked outright if Britt should be disqualified, Brooks replied in the affirmative.
"Absolutely," Brooks responded. "Are we a social club as Republicans? Or are we a Republican Party? Let's say that you have an Auburn defensive lineman, key play of the Iron Bowl starts blocking his own linebacker, so an Alabama running back scores a touchdown. Do you think that person would ever be allowed to play again at Auburn University? Of course not. We're a team, and you can't have people on our team helping the opposition win the game. That's exactly what Richard Shelby and Katie Britt did. It's really simple. You're either the Republican Party, and you have a belief system, and you stick together, and you fight for the same cause, or you're a social club, and if you're a social club, you might as well disband as a political unit."
Britt campaign spokesman Sean Ross dismissed Brooks' concerns and denied the claim Britt had ever supported a Democrat candidate.
"This is a clear sign that Congressman Brooks believes he'll be rejected at the ballot box by Republican voters on Tuesday, and it's ultimately a sad way for him to end his 40-year political career," Ross said in a statement to 1819 News. "Katie has never supported a Democrat for election. In contrast, Congressman Brooks publicly refused to say he was voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election. Katie is going to win on Tuesday because Alabamians know that she is the best candidate to fight for our Christian conservative values and the America First agenda. That's why President Trump has endorsed her campaign."
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