Republican Richard Shelby is backing his former chief of staff Katie Boyd Britt in the race to succeed him in the Senate, siding against former President Donald Trump’s favored candidate, Rep. Mo Brooks.
“She’s like family. She’d make a good candidate. She’s probably the best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time,” Shelby said in an interview. “I’d support her, I’d vote for her.”
Shelby is retiring next year and has shown a keen sense of independence in his state’s most recent Senate races. In 2017 he declined to back Roy Moore against former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), helping Jones defeat the embattled GOP nominee in bright-red Alabama.
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Republican Sen. Richard Shelby is retiring next year and has shown a keen sense of independence in his state’s most recent Senate races. This time, he siding against Trump’s favored candidate. https://t.co/VmVawxS1qN
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