Senator Shelby Is Stepping Down At The End Of His Current Term; It's Mo Brooks' Time To Shine!
At the beginning of this week, Richard Shelby (who has been representing the state of Alabama in the United States Senate since 1987) announced that he would not seek election to a 7th term in 2022. A Democrat from the time he entered politics in 1970, Shelby would later go on to join the Republican Party in 1994, two years after winning Re-Election to his 2nd term and just 1 day after the 'Republican Revolution' of 1994. With his decision, it opened up an avenue for Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama's 5th Congressional District to potentially run for the seat. Brooks is the only member of Alabama's Congressional delegation who is fully in line with former President Donald Trump's agenda, and is populist on a range of issues, especially economics. Further, he is a hawk on such issues like Immigration and is also staunchly Pro-Life. These positions and more are exactly what we need more of in the upper house of Congress, and thus, Brooks would make a fantastic choice.
However, if Congressman Brooks decided against running for the seat in favor of either running for Governor of Alabama in 2022, or just running for Re-Election to his House seat, there are some decent candidates who could also have the potential to be great Senators. Most of these candidates come from within the Alabama House Of Representatives and the Alabama State Senate. Of all the states throughout the country who have a GOP majority in both houses of their state legislature, Alabama is considered to be in the top 3 when it comes to how supportive they were for President Trump and how supportive they continue to be of his policy agenda. And if you know anything about Alabama politically, this isn't too surprising. The only concern that arises if Congressman Brooks decides not to run for the seat is whether or not whoever the nominee is stays authentic once they've arrived in Washington (assuming they get elected). It doesn't mean much to campaign as being extremely Pro-Trump, Pro-Populism, Pro-Immigration restrictionism, etc, if you end up abandoning those positions and leaving them to die in a ditch much like Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina (albeit, to a lesser degree), have done once they got situated in the House.
Time will tell whether or not Mo decides to run. But for the sake of preserving Trumpism and stopping the GOP Establishment's attempted purge of the ideology from the party structure, we can only hope he does.