The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

November 4, 2012

Brooks, Holley tout qualifications ahead of Tuesday's election

— If it’s true that money wins elections, Republican Congressman and incumbent Mo Brooks should have little to worry about on Tuesday.

As of Oct. 17, the 58-year-old Brooks had raised a total of $825,406, dating back to Jan. 1, 2011. Democratic challenger Charlie Holley, a Limestone County native, has raised only $47,961.

Since winning election to the 5th congressional district two years ago, Brooks has taken a hard-line approach to President Barack Obama’s initiative. He voted against raising the debt ceiling last year and was steadfast in his support of Congressman Paul Ryan’s “The Path to Prosperity,” offered up as a lean and controversial alternative to Obama’s budget proposals.

His conservative agenda won him praise from several Republican groups. The American Conservatives Union, Heritage Action, American Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth and NumbersUSA, all of which ranked him No. 1 in the Alabama congressional delegation on issues involving job creation, free enterprise and illegal immigration.

The U.S. Business and Industry Council also ranked him first out of 93 freshman members of Congress on job creation issues.

“I kept my 2010 campaign vow to protect and promote the foundational principles that helped make America a great nation,” he said. “I helped lead the fight to force a House floor vote on a balanced budget constitutional amendment needed to protect America from the risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. Unfortunately, Democrats in the House overwhelmingly vote against (the amendment), so it failed to get the two-thirds majority required.”

Despite having a junior status as a congressman, Brooks has been involved in several committees and caucuses, including the Army Aviation Caucus that he co-chairs with Democratic Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania. He said that caucus is important because of the amount of jobs in the Tennessee Valley dedicated to Army aviation matters.

When asked what issues would matter most going forward should he win re-election Tuesday, Brooks said he would continue fighting for fiscal responsibility while protecting national defense.

“I have consistently voted for legislation that restrains out-of-control federal spending and against legislation that continues to spend money we don’t have and which increases the risk of an American insolvency and bankruptcy,” he said. “ … There have been lots of appropriation bills that are financially irresponsible that I have voted against which political powers or interest groups wanted me to vote for to spend money we don’t have.”

Brooks added that he’s voted more than 30 times to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” and to repeal “stifling regulations mandated by the Obama administration.” He said he’s also voted to decrease the country’s dependence on foreign fuel sources, including the construction of the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to U.S. refineries.

When asked why voters should choose him over Holley, Brooks called Holley a “carbon copy” of Obama’s principles.

“Going forward, by and large, I will continue the same voting patterns and activities established during my first two years in Congress,” he said. “National defense is our top priority and should be funded accordingly. Everything else must be evaluated and prioritized to properly reflect our funding limitations. (That’s) not to exclude national defense; it will take some cuts, too, but it needs to be within the framework of reducing the mission scope of our men and women in uniform. We cannot continue to be the world’s cop on every corner.”

For more information, visit mobrooksforcongress.com.

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