Sen. Luther Strange dropped a new ad on YouTube Tuesday, the latest in the upcoming special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Diner” focuses on Strange’s Christian values as the former Alabama Attorney General leads the charge “to bring Alabama conservative values and common-sense accountability back to the United States Senate.”
Also notable is that the 30-second spot has “Big” Luther Strange fully embracing President Donald Trump, a strategy that has come increasingly into play as he faces his leading GOP opponents, Congressman Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
“Big Luther is a Trump man,” the narrator says, “working to pass the president’s agenda … a border to stop illegal immigration … extreme vetting to stop Islamic terrorists … repeal Obamacare … pro-life … And endorsed by the NRA.”
During the 2016 presidential primary season, Brooks told MSNBC: “Trump voters are going to regret their votes.” The Huntsville Republican later gave somewhat tepid support for Trump as the nominee, telling the Montgomery Advertiser: “Voters sure are facing some tough choices in November, aren’t they?” (Although he did admit he would vote for Trump in November.)
Last month, a Senate Super PAC — controlled by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — dropped more than $2.6 million and add support to help Strange.
Appointed to the Senate in February by then-Governor Robert Bentley, Strange is part of a crowded 10-person field for the Aug. 15 GOP primary. A runoff, if necessary, will be Sept. 26; the general election is Dec. 12.