Roy Moore and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks appear to have a common foe in the race for U.S. Senate.
"Donald Trump came to Washington to drain the swamp," Brooks said. "Right now in this senate race, the swamp is fighting back. And they're not fighting for Mo Brooks or Roy Moore."
Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, said he received a tip that Sen. Luther Strange would be unveiling attack ads and push polls that accuse him of taking pay raises while budget cuts decimated judicial staff. Brooks, a Republican who represents north Alabama, could also be a target.
Strange was appointed earlier this year to the position vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Former Gov. Robert Bentley made the appointment while he was being investigated for using state resources to cover up an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Strange, then Alabama attorney general, was involved in an investigation of Bentley's conduct when he received the nomination.
Sen. Luther Strange, state Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, and Dr. Randy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama are also running.
Moore and Brooks are among a crowded group of Republicans challenging Strange for the senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has thrown its support - and considerable financial resources - behind Strange. A primary is scheduled for August with a run-off a month later if no candidate receives a majority of the vote.
Both men appeared at Republican Party events Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. Moore visited a group of conservative voters earlier in the evening at Mr. Bill's Family Dining. Later both men spoke in front of republicans gathered at the courthouse annex. Moore and Brooks barely mentioned Strange by name, although Moore came close.
"The Democrats, for decades now, have tried to divide Americans based on skin pigmentation. That is a silly, nonsense differentiation point, and I abhor the Democratic Party using that 'war on whites' campaign strategy."
At an event featuring Moore earlier in the evening, some voters said they didn't trust Strange.
"I'm not a big fan of the way Sen. Strange got his seat," said Joshua Wyatt of the Alabama Republican Assembly, an organization of conservative Republicans.
Wyatt said he liked both Brooks and Moore, but said Moore had an advantage in terms of statewide name recognition.
Moore and Brooks are both positioning themselves as outsider candidates, similar in some ways to President Donald Trump.
"I stand solidly with making American great again," Moore said. "But we can't be great again until we are good again."