Durant: Mo Brooks can’t win U.S. Senate seat

By JOSH MOON • Published October 25, 2021

Alabama U.S. Senate race newcomer Mike Durant continued his attacks on front-runner Mo Brooks late last week in a series of radio interviews, saying that Brooks can’t win the seat and has stayed too long. 

Durant, a former Army helicopter pilot and POW from Huntsville, said during radio interviews in Huntsville and Montgomery that his biggest issue with Brooks is his lack of consistency. 

“I mean, he changes horses every day,” Durant said on Huntsville’s WVNN. “He was against President Trump strongly. And now, you know, all of a sudden, you know, he’s pro-President Trump only because it advances his political agenda, not because that’s what he believes.”

Durant also pointed out that Brooks doesn’t seem to be very popular with Alabama voters statewide, as evidenced by his lackluster history in winning statewide races. In the 2017 special election for U.S. Senate, Brooks finished a distant third to Roy Moore and Luther Strange, getting less than 20 percent of the vote. 

Durant also pointed out that Trump’s endorsement doesn’t seem to mean much in Alabama.  

“You know, when Mo ran for the Senate seat in 2017, he was polled out front and ended up coming in third,” Durant said. “The person who had President Trump’s endorsement didn’t win either: either in the primary or in the general. … Mo is not going to get to 50 percent.”

Brooks never polled out front in that 2017 race — at best, he was statistically even with Moore on a few occasions — and his finish was fairly in line with the polling. Still, Brooks, who, like Moore, is a very polarizing candidate, seems to be popular only with a devoted following — roughly 20 percent of Republican voters in the state — and those numbers don’t fluctuate much. 

Current polling that shows Brooks with a large lead is very soft, and obviously built on Brooks’ name recognition following the Jan. 6 insurrection that he reportedly helped incite. Some 50 percent of the GOP voting base remains undecided in the race. 

Durant is hoping that those voters will penalize Brooks for his lengthy career in office. 

“I would recognize the fact that this is not meant to be a lifelong occupation,” Durant said during the WVNN interview. “It was intended to be something you got in, spent a reasonable amount of time doing.” 

“I mean, everyone I have talked to agrees there should be term limits,” Durant continued. “He’s well beyond that, no matter how you define term limits. You know, there’s a lot of comments that I’ve seen on his political career that pretty much focus on ‘it’s time for him to go.’”


On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.