A high-ranking Republican is not coming back. The GOP is stunned by this announcement — no one expected it and there is now political turmoil in DC.
“Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) announced Monday that he will not run for re-election in 2022 after 40 years in the U.S. Senate,” reported Breitbart News. Shelby, 86, released a statement on his intentions to retire.
He said: “For everything, there is a season. I have been fortunate to serve in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Alabamian. During my time in the Senate, I have been given great opportunity, having chaired four committees.”
Shelby also said his goal in the Senate for four decades has been about “creating the conditions for growth and opportunity.” In return, Alabama voters have re-elected him repeatedly since the 1980s.
Now, there will be a mad dash to fill his seat once his current term expires in 2022. One possible candidate is Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a conservative stalwart and ally of former President Donald Trump.
With other candidates are considering the race, Brooks would likely be the favorite and would join newly-elected Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and continue the conservative tradition in the Yellowhammer State.
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