So who is she?
She is presently the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama. At least until Friday, June 4. She has given BCA her resignation effective that date. BCA said in a statement that Britt will be pursuing “other interests.”
Britt was chief of staff for longtime Senator Richard Shelby before going to BCA. It has been rumored for some time that Shelby was encouraging her to run for his seat, since he will not run for re-election in 2022. Britt has a law degree from the University of Alabama and is a native of Enterprise.
At this point, only two other candidates have said they are running. Lynda Blanchard, a Montgomery businesswoman and former ambassador to Slovenia, has thrown her name in the hat. She has stated that she will put $5 million of her own money in the campaign. She and her husband gave $1.9 million to Trump for his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
The other candidate is Congressman Mo Brooks of Huntsville. Word is that a number of Republicans are nervous about Brooks, primarily because he can’t keep his mouth shut. He has often repeated the “big lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 election for President and he spoke to the Jan. 6 rally prior to the attack on the U.S. Capitol He told the crowd that “American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
Supposedly Trump has endorsed Brooks.
Seniority is all important in the U.S. Senate. Shelby was first elected in 1986 and has steadily built seniority over the years, which has been quite a benefit to Alabama as he has been able to “bring home the bacon” so to speak.
However, Brooks is now 67 years old and if elected in 2022, would be 74 when it was time to run for his second term. So his chance of building much seniority are not good. Couple this with the fact that Tommy Tuberville is now 66 and you see that if Brooks is elected, then Alabama is, far all intent and purposes, left high and dry in the Senate.
While I don’t know Blanchard’s age, I assume she is younger than Brooks. Neither do I know how old Britt is, but she is certainly younger than the other two. I see this as a plus.
Right now we have an extreme lack of leadership in the U.S. Senate. Judging from the actions of Brooks as of late, there is no reason to think he would fill the leadership void.
So of these three candidates, Katie Boyd Britt appears to be head and shoulders above the other two.