US Senate candidate and Congressman Mo Brooks has denounced a lobby group representing Alabama farmers as pushing for “open borders” and wanting “cheap foreign labor” from undocumented immigrants even as he accepted an invitation to speak to the organization.
The Alabama Farmers Federation said Brooks’ characterization of the group, made in two radio appearances around the state last week, was “categorically false” and an “insult to hardworking and law-abiding farmers. which he claims to represent “.
The federation, also known as ALFA, claimed that Brooks was “actively seeking” and had previously accepted approval from its political arm, FarmPAC – a charge that Brooks denied.
On FM Talk 1064, the congressman alleged that the ALFA and other pro-business groups are joining forces with “Socialist Democrats” to advocate for “open borders” and “foreign labor. cheap “.
“[E]ntities like the United States Chamber of Commerce, like the Business Council of Alabama, like ALFA – or any agricultural or political union in the country, they often refer to themselves as the Farm Bureau – they want a hand – cheap foreign work that crosses our borders. And so they got a lot of money, and they’re trying to elect candidates, they’re trying to make sure their candidates for the open borders get elected, ”Brooks told FM Talk 1064 host. , Sean Sullivan, last Thursday.
These groups “coupled with the Socialist Democrats” explain “the reason why we have no border security of any kind on our southern border with Mexico,” continued the congressman.
Brooks touched on the federation again during an appearance on The Yaffee Program on WVNN in Huntsville.
“For example, one of my opponents was endorsed [last]week by a special interest group heavily dependent on grants, tens of billions of dollars, heavily supporting these welfare programs to the tune of tens of billions of additional dollars and, of course, supporting amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens, ”he said.
Mitt Walker, director of national affairs for the Alabama Farmers ‘Federation, said Brooks’ claims were “categorically false.”
“The policy of the federation is clear in its support for border security and its opposition to illegal immigration,” Walker said in a statement.
He said the lobby group had sent letters to Biden administration officials “urging swift action on the southern border” and that Brooks’ office “has been made aware of this communication, making its recent even more flagrant attacks “.
Walker said Brooks “has actively sought and, in previous races, accepted” FarmPAC’s approval, adding that Brooks accepted an invitation to address FarmPAC’s advisory directors at a meeting on September 28 in Montgomery.
The congressman said he had not sought support from ALFA in his last two campaigns and generally did not seek approval from “special interest groups.”
Brooks said he agreed to address the Montgomery meeting of FarmPAC directors last week, but had to cancel the group after the votes were scheduled in Washington.
“If I am asked to go to their meetings to talk about my candidacy for a position, I tell everyone at those meetings what I stand for, what I have done, what I will do,” said Brooks. “In no case, in its form or form, have I, in 2020 or 2022, requested the approval of ALFA. Period. Going back to the previous election, I can’t quite remember what was said by whom because it was so many years ago.
Brooks’ comments on the radio came just after ALFA endorsed one of its Republican rivals, Katie Britt, former president of the Business Council of Alabama and former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, in the 2022 race. to succeed the retired senior senator from Alabama.
“Contrary to recent statements by Congressman Brooks, Katie Britt has shown respect and appreciation for farmers and rural Alabamians,” Walker said. “She has earned the trust of federation members by being a strong, conservative leader who can get things done in Washington.”
Britt’s campaign spokesman Sean Ross has swept Brooks’ career in Washington while maintaining that Britt would support Alabama farmers if elected.
“While farmers have worked hard to feed Alabama and our nation, Mo Brooks has spent the past 40 years living off taxpayer dollars,” Ross said. “Katie knows we need more people in this country with the work ethic of our amazing farmers and much less with the selfish mindset of this career politician who does nothing.”