There was great rejoicing around the state when it was announced in January that the U.S. Space Command would be relocating from Colorado to Huntsville.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command,” Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. said.
“Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration,” she said.
Of course there was pushback from Colorado at the decision. And now Colorado is gaining support from some senators in other states. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla of California, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico recently signed a letter to the Pentagon objection to the decision. All are democrats.
Naturally, politics is involved. EVERYTHING in Washington is political.
Many contend that this move would not have happened if President Trump hadn’t have put his finger on the scales after he lost Colorado to Joe Biden, while handily winning Alabama
But the landscape has totally changed in Washington with the election of Biden as president and democrats having more congressional clout than before.
Alabama has two senators and seven congressional seats. All but one of these, Terri Sewell of Selma, are Republicans. And the eight Republicans consistently oppose anything the Biden administration proposes.
Not only that, but congressman Mo Brooks of Huntsville is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022 and goes out of his way to denounce the new administration as he tries to stir up Trump supporters around the state.
Given this situation, it’s safe to say that this decision on relocating this command, is not etched in stone–especially with Brooks constantly running his mouth.
I hope Alabama gets this significant investment in Huntsville.
However, I would also suggest that some of our congressional delegation remember that is not safe to bite the hand that feeds you, especially in the political world.