One more name for the list of potential Alabama Senate candidates: Former Trump state chairman Perry Hooper tells me he's thinking about running. "There may be 20 people running by the time the primary gets here. Hell, I may even look at it. I’m the Trump guy in Alabama."
Hooper said he's "had people calling me since the rumors started" about @SenShelby kicked up a few months ago, doesn't sound super likely to run and plans to decide in the next 3-4 weeks. "I'll look at it. But it’s a lot of things I have to weigh."
Hooper was Trump's '16 state chairman and helped out with the post-election legal efforts to reverse Biden's Nevada win.

He's also a former state lawmaker whose dad was Alabama Supreme Court chief justice. Not high name ID but he's well-connected both in-state and with Trump.
Hooper also told me he caught COVID in early Oct. — after attending a Mike Pence luncheon in Atlanta. Says he thinks he caught it from White House staffers he knew who greeted him with hugs when he was unmasked.

Trump's White House superspreader event was about 3 weeks earlier.
FWIW Hooper was a finalist for the appointment to Alabama's other seat, before Gov. Bentley picked Luther Strange. That turned into a Roy Moore primary win and Doug Jones' Senate win.

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Seriously. It's not like Ben Shapiro doesn't get enough attention. His pieces basically dominate Facebook. And I think he's worth reading. But wtf.
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