A former senior aide to Sen. Richard Shelby has jumped into the Alabama Senate race, a sign former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks is not scaring away competitors.
Katie Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff, announced her candidacy Tuesday, forging ahead with a bid to succeed her old boss, who is retiring in 2022, despite the weight Trump’s endorsement carries with Alabama Republicans. In a nod to that reality, Britt, most recently CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, is framing her campaign around the work she did with Shelby to shepherd the Trump agenda through Congress.
Britt’s ability to outflank Brooks with grassroots Republicans is questionable. Most GOP insiders in Alabama do not expect her, or any other candidate, to pull it off unless the congressman falters on his own. But she does have some early support from members of the vast Shelby alumni network, connected Republican operatives who have worked for the