Judging from the public statements he’s made while in office, AL-05 Congressman Mo Brooks is hoping to be named the “least effective Congressman in America.” Of course though, that would surprise none of those who live in his district.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn’t think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party’s standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”
Ingraham didn’t seem to be on board with Brooks’ “war on whites” remark, telling him it was “a little out there.”
President Obama is a danger to “whites?” Not as big of a danger as Mo Brooks is to the Fifth Congressional District. This is a district supremely dependent on largess from the federal government – from cheap power rates via TVA to government contracts & salaries that rain green across the Tennessee Valley. Yet, almost from the day he took office, Brooks has gone out of his way to snub the administration and insult his Congressional colleagues.
Now, let’s review Brooks’ career in Congress since he took office:
- During the 2010 midterms, Brooks scoffed at his opponent’s focus on jobs for AL-05, instead telling voters that the main issue was “voting against Nancy Pelosi.”
- Mo Brooks said the US economy would be better off if it were “more like China.” In answer to a question on business taxes, he argued that businesses in China have an advantage because of fewer regulations on air pollution, water pollution and waste disposal. “We need to level the playing field,” he said.
- During the final week of the 2010 campaign, Brooks was still insisting that the main issue was “Nancy Pelosi’s job,” not jobs for people in AL-05. “All of this is a diversionary tactic to encourage voters to not focus on issues of national importance,” said Brooks, “to not focus on whether we want House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to win this congressional seat.”
- Having run against a mythical “government takeover” of health care, Brooks eagerly signed on for more of his “government run” health care after re-election, then voted against a resolution that would have required representatives to publicly disclose whether or not they accepted the federal plan.
- In Mo’s World, he explained to the Huntsville Times, Congress should cut federal spending – except NASA, defense, and anything that affects his district.
- As part of his Congressional “charm offensive” (where he’s not very charming, but really, really offensive), Brooks had to remove some of his comments from the Congressional Record after calling members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus “socialists.”
- Brooks refused to denounce the GOP presidential hopefuls who unanimously refused to support NASA during a debate.Brooks said any of the Republican candidates so far seeking the White House would be better for NASA than President Obama. He challenged reports in The Times and elsewhere that Republican candidates are unwilling to support federal funding for NASA, based on their debate this month.
“It was not a good forum to determine their actual position on NASA,” Brooks said of the debate. Based on positions taken elsewhere, Brooks said so far, “you’ve got Mitt Romney and you’ve got Pawlenty” as likely NASA supporters.
Note that both Romney & Pawlenty were gripping their podiums for dear life instead of enthusiastically waving their hands in response to this question: “Will any candidate raise their hands to support continued federal funding for NASA?”
- Mo Brooks said we should do “anything short of shooting them” to “get rid” of “illegals.” Don’t agree? Brooks was ok with you being wrong: “Sorry you feel that way. You are in error,” said Brooks.“
- Hispanic Republicans denounced Brooks’ comments and called on him to apologize. Brooks said he was sorry they (the Republicans, not his comments) were in error.
- With budget cuts looming, Brooks asked senior member of the delegation how he could protect NASA funding.
- Brooks solution to unemployment was “evict illegal aliens,” because every American worker is just dying to pick beans, mow grass, and scrub toilets.
- Brooks voted against a bill in 2011 to replenish FEMA’s depleted disaster relief fund just months after FEMA helped Alabama recover from a devastating tornado outbreak. Why? Because “we got ours.”U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R) said most of the FEMA money for north Alabama storm victims had already been distributed, minimizing the local impact of any potential shutdown.
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- At a testy town hall meeting, Brooks asked if a questioner’s microphone could be turned off. Classy.
- Shockingly, Alabama citizens fail to start new careers as migrant farm workers after Hispanic/Latino workers leave the fields. Brooks: “…that’s exactly what we want.”
- Exasperated with Brooks charm offensive in DC, Huntsville city officials hire his opponent in 2010, Steve Raby, to do Mo Brooks’ job.Approved a contract with lobbyist Steve Raby of Direct Communications. Raby, a former congressional candidate, will be paid $75,000 next year to help Huntsville protect existing Department of Defense and NASA jobs and seek opportunities for federal employment growth.
- After years of pounding the lectern demanding deficit & budget cuts, Mo Brooks denounced defense budget cuts.
- Mo Brooks was the only Alabama representative to vote NO on funding for Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
- Mo Brooks doubled down on dickishness with this comment about his vote:He also said taxpayers “should not have to fork out a nickel” to pay for property damage in areas historically vulnerable to storms.
- Brooks had no comment about a 2007 study that revealed that Madison County is the most tornado-prone spot in Alabama.“During the 56-year period of the study, 68 tornadoes have touched down within the 20-mile circle. Five of the tornadoes were rated F5, the most violent of all twisters. Tatum said that North Alabama tends to receive more strong tornadoes, those rated F3, F4, or F5, than other parts of the state.”
- After voting against Sandy aid, Brooks bragged on his FB page about being appointed Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology because it would help him bring home the pork: “I’m looking forward to working with national and Alabama leaders to continue America’s exceptional space exploration and research legacy.”
- But Brooks can’t do that without the help – votes!– from his fellow representatives in Congress. So he continued his charm offensive with this joke about the Senate’s late night vote (which passed 89-8) on the fiscal cliff bill:“At 1:30 in the morning, most folks of that generation really need to be asleep,” Brooks said. “But unfortunately, (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid, about 1:30, gave our senators a bill.
- Not content with offending the entire Senate, Brooks trotted down to Athens at the end of January to a town meeting and called President Obama a “Marxist.”
- Since Mo Brooks appeared to be clueless about how to diplomatically handle the situation, Huntsville’s Mayor Tommy Battle traveled to Washington to try to stop sequestration cuts.
- The charm offensive continued in March 2013, when Brooks voted against constituents and his own party leadership.Now, I know this sounds totally like some silly “political inside baseball,” but leadership takes this stuff very seriously. If members lie to the whip (the vote counter) about how they plan to vote and the bill fails, the leadership is publicly humiliated. They take stuff like that personally and have no problems meting out punishment.
Congressman Brooks made it a double: he angered the leadership with a vote against the rule and then voted in favor of a bad bill.
- Three Alabama cities make the “Top Ten Tornado Cities” list. Huntsville is #1! Brooks made no public statement.
- In June 2013, on a “tele-townhall meeting,” Brooks tells callers that “Defense civilian employees have been targeted for political reasons.” Assuming that wild statement was true, could Brooks actions & comments have anything to do with “payback?” None of the screened callers asked that question.
- Mo Brooks signed the Freedom Works letter urging the Congress to defund Obamacare or let the government shutdown happen.Constituents took him to task in his FB comments:
I don’t care what you are or aren’t fighting for. I just want to go back to work and get paid for the work that I do. How are your constituents (that are federal employees) in the TN Valley going to pay their bills? The ACA and 90% of the other legislation that has been passed in the last decade was pork, useless, or pay raises for Congress. We have not had a cost of living increase in years, yet every single one of our benefits costs have increased (health/dental insurance, taxes, ss taxes). You already have us over a barrel. Quit adding insult to injury! We JUST had to deal with a 20%+ pay cut for 6 weeks, now we get NO pay?
- And then there’s last week’s comment about President Obama luring refugee children to the Texas border with “Happy Meals.” There are McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central America, Congressman: they don’t have to travel that far.