A sitting representative and aspiring Senate candidate is telling where he stands in the GOP leadership. Mo Brooks (RAL), one of former President Trump’s biggest allies in Congress, has announced that he would like to remove Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as leader of the Senate GOP. On his campaign website, there is a link to Brooks’ “Fire McConnell Pledge”, where he urges conservatives and America First Agenda supporters to join him in opposing McConnell, whom he considers “working to close America First Agenda.” “It’s a signal to the nation that we’re with Donald Trump, not Mitch McConnell,” Brooks said, referring to other GOP Senate candidates.
Brooks has attached a short video in which he reiterates his message to oppose McConnell, a “debt junkie” and “open-border Renault Republican … who sells America to special interest groups for cash.”
Mitch McConnell prefers to fight Trump rather than Biden. He hates Trump, he hates candidates that Trump supports, and he hates the MAGA agenda. It’s time to fire Mitch McConnell. https://t.co/Wdj9uJqHAw pic.twitter.com/Z92WsFXTag
– Moo Brooks – Approved by President Trump (MoBrooks) March 21, 2022
Upcoming Republican primaries have been billed as a battle for GOP control. In a year when many political forecasters have predicted a huge “red wave” in November, it is seen by many as a prelude to the conclusion that the GOP will control both houses of Congress when the votes are counted in November. The primaries will determine whether the majority will be made up of more established Republicans, or grassroots, Trump-affiliated populists who want to disrupt the status quo.
Moe Brooks, whose Senate campaign has the backing of President Trump, will face candidates Katie Britt and Mike Durant in the Alabama Republican primary, which will determine who will soon replace Richard Shelby’s retiree.
Publicly opposing the party leadership was not a common campaign strategy for Republican Senate candidates. Moe Brooks announced his opposition to McConnell and joined the other two candidates. Kelly Shibaka of Alaska and Eric Greatens of Missouri were the first GOP Senate candidates to announce their intention to replace the Senate GOP Leader.
While the move may seem risky and unconventional, polls suggest it may be the right calculation. McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are both unpopular with voters. In a recent Gallup poll, McConnell’s approval rating was the lowest and highest denial rating among the list of 11 U.S. political figures. The list included Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Orange Harris, and Dr. Anthony Fawcett, among others. McConnell defeated Pelosi as the least popular political leader, with an approval rating of 34% and a disapproval rating of 63%.