Alabama Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville appears to be shying away from Mo Brooks’ Electoral College fight after viral video appeared to show the incoming Senator suggest the Senate should reproduce Rep. Mo Brooks’ ongoing Electoral College fight in the Senate.
Tuberville, speaking to local media, now says he will need to do his “due diligence” before supporting President Donald Trump and Brooks, and that such a process will likely take until after Christmas.
“Now that I’m off the road I’m going to start doing my due diligence,” Yellowhammer News reported Tuberville saying. “It’s not like you have to make your mind up in the next 24 hours. I’ll probably meet with Mo Brooks and get his side of it.”
They noted that Tuberville indicated his deliberation will take “through Christmas.”
Tuberville compared the decision to “background work like I did when I was coaching,” and elaborated that “You just don’t jump out there and decide you’re going to throw a ‘Hail Mary’ pass — or a halfback pass. You’ve got to have a reason why you’re doing it.”
It appears the former football coach mixed analogies, as “background work” should likely finish before a game begins. If Tuberville views Brooks’ challenge as “a ‘Hail Mary’ pass” then it would stand to reason that, within the analogy, the game clock is running out and his team is down by several points.
This seems to contradict several of Tuberville’s previous statements.
At one point, Tuberville promised, “We’re going to get that all corrected,” and added “Don’t give up on [Trump].”
When asked if the Republican Party had any “tricks” up its sleeve, Tuberville seemed to directly reference Brooks’ Electoral College challenge, and indicated that he expected the Senate to join Brooks.
“Well, you see what’s coming,” said Tuberville. “You’ve been reading about it in the House, we’re going to have to do it in the Senate.”
Still, a month after the election, Tuberville now claims that he will make his decision “pretty soon”, but says that over a month after the election he still has not “done any background work yet.”
“Mine will be an answer for the people of our state and country, not for any media people out there.” Tuberville concluded, “We’re going to do what’s right.”