Al.com: Mo Brooks says attack ad linking him to Nancy Pelosi ‘absurd’
Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Friday that the latest attack ad against him suggesting that he sided with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in opposing Donald Trump is “absurd.”
The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC controlled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that is supporting incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the August GOP special election, unveiled a six-second ad Friday on Twitter that features a red circle with a slash through it with the words “Vote No On Mo.” The image is flanked by pictures of Brooks and Pelosi.
“The worse Luther Strange does in the polls, the more frantic and absurd are Luther Strange’s attack ads,” Brooks told AL.com on Friday. “I dont think Luther Strange understands that he’s trying to portray as an ally of left-wing Democrats a person who has successfully carried the Republican banner more times than any other current Republican office holder in the state of Alabama.”
Because the Senate Leadership Fund is a super PAC, Strange is not allowed to coordinate with the group, which has put out advertisements on Strange’s behalf. The super PAC is controlled by McConnell.
“Mitch McConnell does not like principled conservatives,” Brooks said. “He much prefers a career lobbyist who is pliable to the whims of those who pay the money to finance Mitch Mcconnell’s political operation.”
While Brooks, who is one of the most conservative congressmen in the House as a member of the House Freedom Caucus, didn’t publicly endorse Trump in the 2016 election, he also condemned Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who had strong support from Pelosi.
The short Twitter ad followed a television spot tying Brooks to Pelosi and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for not endorsing Trump.
Brooks said the ads are a diversion tactic.
“What’s really going on is that Luther Strange is trying to focus backwards on 2015 and 2016 in an effort to divert public attention from 2017 and our future with respect to three different issues,” he said, referring in part to Strange’s seeking the Senate appointment from then-Gov. Robert Bentley after Jeff Sessions vacated the office to become Trump’s attorney general. The congressman also argued that the tactic takes attention away from Brooks’ “long-term record of proven conservative leadership” and the congressman’s record “supporting the conservative and President Trump agenda.”