ALABAMA (June 20, 2021)—U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) has endorsed his former chief of staff Katie Britt in the GOP primary for his Senate seat.
In comments to Politico, he called her the best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time.
Senator Shelby is retiring at the end of his sixth term, igniting a competitive GOP primary.
Britt so far is in a three-way race for the GOP nomination along with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks and businesswoman Lynda Blanchard, who was former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia. Trump in April endorsed Brooks in the race.
Britt, former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama who’s running to replace U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, pushed back against a statement by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, that Britt and his other opponent will “will go negative.”
Brooks made the comment during a visit to South Alabama on Thursday, AL.com reported. He noted a Club for Growth poll taken in April that showed him with a sizable lead over Britt and Lynda Blanchard, former ambassador to Slovenia under former President Donald Trump.
“When you have one person with 59 percent of the vote, and Candidates 2 and 3 at 13 and 9, they are pretty much boxed in to attack position,” Brooks said, according to AL.com “The only question is whether they will attack like Lynda Blanchard has or if they are going to attack indirectly through third party groups so they can have some degree of plausible deniability.”
“Katie Britt’s people are probably a bit more clever in that regard and will have third party groups that will attack on her behalf,” Brooks continued, according to the news outlet.
The Associated Press and the Alabama News Network contributed to this report.