Republican Richard Shelby is backing his erstwhile main of unit Katie Boyd Britt successful the contention to win him successful the Senate, siding against erstwhile President Donald Trump's favored candidate, Rep. Mo Brooks.
"She's similar family. She'd marque a bully candidate. She's astir apt the best-qualified campaigner to travel on successful a agelong time," Shelby said successful an interview. "I'd enactment her, I'd ballot for her."
Shelby is retiring adjacent twelvemonth and has shown a keen consciousness of independency successful his state's astir caller Senate races. In 2017 helium declined to backmost Roy Moore against erstwhile Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), helping Jones decision the embattled GOP nominee successful bright-red Alabama.
And arsenic helium prepares to measurement down aft six terms, Shelby is keeping immoderate region from Trump. Trump endorsed Brooks successful April. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is expected to stay neutral successful open-seat primaries, and the victor of the GOP superior volition beryllium heavy favored successful the blimpish state.
Shelby declined to instrumentality a changeable astatine Brooks, lone observing: "Could beryllium an absorbing race. We'll person to spot however it develops." In addition, helium made wide helium wouldn't instrumentality an progressive relation successful his erstwhile apical aide's bid: "She's got to tally her ain campaign, I'm not moving her campaign. She's got her ain people."
Britt, who was Shelby's main of unit from 2016 until 2018, entered the Senate contention this week. She besides served arsenic a property adjutant for him earlier successful her career. Most precocious she's led the Business Council of Alabama. She told The Associated Press that Shelby's six-term bequest is 1 that volition beryllium remembered for being "effective for the authorities of Alabama."
"I person to basal connected my ain 2 feet," she said. "When we get to cognize the radical of Alabama, they'll cognize that I americium the champion idiosyncratic to combat for them."