Mark Meadows Battles McConnell’s Ala. Senate ‘Swamp’ Endorsement

(Washington Examiner) House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday he endorsed Judge Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Alabama Senate runoff election in part because of the way the Republican establishment worked against fellow HFC member Rep. Mo Brooks during the August primary.

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The Senate Leadership Fund, which is directed by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spent nearly $4 million against Brooks before the Aug. 15 primary, and Meadows says that has him rooting for Moore. Strange and Moore face off in a Sept. 26 runoff election for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I was supporting Mo Brooks, who’s a fellow Freedom Caucus member and I think most people understand that,” Meadows told the Washington Examiner. “I saw the millions of dollars coming in that truly painted a picture of my good friend Mo Brooks in a way that was not only not accurate, but it was downright deceitful and lies, and that made me want to play that much more on behalf of Judge Roy Moore.”

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Meadows said his support was not meant as a measure of revenge against Strange in the Aug. 15 primary, but rather a move against the GOP establishment that took down Brooks.

“I don’t know if it’s a revenge factor as it is a pushback against the swamp,” Meadows said. “I’ve told Mitch McConnell when he spent millions of dollars to unseat Mo Brooks that that was not a wise decision, and hopefully in just a few days we’ll see that.”

Meadows said he has not had a direct conversation with McConnell about the Alabama race, but made his point through television interviews and the media….

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