Our congressman, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, constantly strives to find a way to stand out from his many tea party colleagues in the House. It’s a difficult task, because all are vying for media attention. He struck gold in his latest sound bite, which he carefully inserted in several media appearances.
For Brooks, any press is good press. For Alabama?
From a Washington Post blog:
Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is getting heat today for a recent interview in which he said of stopping illegal immigration: “As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.” Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus responded that Brooks’ “irresponsible words that reflect a hateful, dehumanizing undercurrent” in the immigration debate.
Not mentioned is that, shortly after his “anything short of shooting them” comments, Brooks signed on as a co-sponsor of 14 anti-immigrant bills floating around the House. (He has yet to sponsor a single bill on any topic.)
Brooks has great political instincts, so he probably was wise to jump on the anti-Hispanic bandwagon. Alabama, sadly, can thank him for contributing to its longstanding reputation for race-based hatred.