And as he prepares to step down after six terms, Shelby is keeping some distance from Trump. Trump approved Brooks in April. The National Republican Senate Committee is expected to remain neutral in open-seated primaries, and the winner of the GOP primary will be heavily favored in the conservative state.
Shelby refused to shoot Brooks, only observing, “This could be an interesting race. We’ll have to see how it develops.” Moreover, he made it clear that he would not play an active role in the candidacy of his former top official: “She has to run her own campaign, I am not running her campaign. She has her own people.”
Britt, who was Shelby’s chief of staff from 2016 to 2018, entered the Senate race this week. She was also a press secretary for him earlier in his career. Most recently, she headed the Business Council of Alabama. She told The Associated Press that Shelby’s six-term legacy will be remembered for being “effective for the state of Alabama.”
“I have to fend for myself,” she said. “When we get to know the people of Alabama, they will know that I am the best person to fight for them.”