Congressman Mo Brooks (R-05) was in Mobile campaigning for the U.S. Senate on Monday at the Mobile County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting. He talked about his stance on everything from immigration, debt, freedom of speech, and why his nickname in Congress is "No Brooks."

“I am not a go along to get along,” Brooks said. “I am there to protect and promote the principles that the Founders built this country with.

“We are the greatest nation in the world and we have held that status for 75 years."

About 125 people were at the event.

“We are facing the greatest crisis since World War II,” Brooks said.

Brooks claimed that liberals are attacking the right to bear arms, free enterprise, freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

“The second most important vote you are ever going to make is for U.S. Senate,” Brooks said. “The most important is for President.

Brooks said liberals support socialism.

“Terry Lathan (former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party) is my First Congressional District Campaign chairman,” Brooks said.

Brooks also introduced his wife, Martha Brooks. He said they have four children and 13 great-grandchildren.

Brooks praised the Republican Party for the strides that it has made over the last few decades to become the dominant party in the state of Alabama.

“When I was elected to the legislature, it was 129 Democrats to 11 Republicans,” Brooks said. “We had some RINOS (an acronym for Republican-In-Name-Only) then, like now, that we had to deal with.

“Where do you want our party to go? You have a belief system that motivates you.”

Brooks said that he shares that conservative belief system.

“First I am the only proven conservative in the race,” Brooks said. “I could be the only Republican.”

Brooks claimed that he has led the charge on voter fraud.

“Ask Donald Trump, I led the fight for honest and accurate elections in the Congress,” Brooks said.

Brooks said that he has also led the nation and “exposed the systemic flaws in our election system.”

Brooks said that he stood up for 2017 Senate candidate Roy Moore and asked where his opponents were then.

‘You realize I am the only candidate in this race that stood with 650,000 other Republicans in this state then,” Brooks said. “How can you be a leader of the Republican Party and not stand with our chosen candidate?”

Moore was defeated by Birmingham attorney Doug Jones in the special election – the only time a Democrat has beaten a Republican in a statewide race in Alabama since 2008.

Brooks said that he opposed the 2019 effort to raise fuel taxes in Alabama and that he always has opposed tax increases.

When the governor and legislature tried to raise taxes by over $1 billion in 2003, “I helped lead that fight too,” Brooks said. “We beat that sucker two to one,” referring to the referendum on the Amendment One tax increase.

“One has even gone so far as to say that she is tired of waiting for other states to raise their taxes before we raise ours,” Brooks said.

When it comes to special interests groups, Brooks said to follow the money, because you can see where it's going. He also addressed immigration.

“I am number one out of 435 Congressman in opposing illegal immigration and in securing the border,” Brooks said.

Brooks said that he has opposed increasing the debt ceiling and has consistently voted against debt ceiling increases. He said that in Congress he is known as “No Brooks” because he votes against excessive spending bills.

Brooks blamed “Debt junkie Democrats and Republicans that join together” for the runaway deficit spending.

Brooks said that he was the only candidate in this race that was endorsed by President Trump.

“Congress cannot stand any more liberal RINOs,” Brooks stated.

Brooks faces veteran and businessman Mike Durant and former Business Council of Alabama President and CEO Katie Boyd Britt as his two main primary opponents. Mike Dunn and Jack Schafer have also filed papers to run as Republicans for the seat currently held by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) who is retiring at the end of this term. Former Brighton Mayor Brandaun Dean is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

The Republican primary is on May 24.

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