Around the South for Aug. 17: AL, NC & TX


Alabama: Brooks won’t endorse for now. US Rep. Mo Brooks (R), who came in third in Tuesday’s senate primary (R), told supporters in Huntsville that he will seek reelection to his US House seat next year. He also said he will not endorse either Roy Moore or Luther Strange for the time being. “I’m going to withhold my judgment at this point in time,” reported the Washington Post; “I hope you will make a principled decision.” ……. North Carolina: Cooper calls for removal of Confederate monuments. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has called for removing all the statues and other memorials to Confederate notables in the state, saying in a state new release that his first concern was for the safety of citizens. Cooper’s decision came in the wake of violence in Charlottesville and the pulling down of a statue by protesters earlier this week ……. Texas: Hurd, et al, disagree with Trump. US Rep. Will Hurd (R), half of the GOP’s African-American delegation, said in response to President Trump’s ambiguous remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, “Nobody should doubt whether the leader of the free world is against racism, bigotry, neo-Nazis and anti-Semitism,” reported Roll Call. At least two other Southern Republicans made similar remarks: US Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL) and Barbara Comstock (VA) …….