Ex-Trump Staffer Gorka Joining Palin For Rally Against Trump’s Alabama Candidate

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump, at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York City on May 7, 2017. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images)
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September 19, 2017 10:04 am
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Controversial former White House aide Sebastian Gorka is heading to Alabama to co-headline a rally for former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), pitting him against his old boss in a closely watched Senate race.

Gorka will join former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) for a Thursday rally for Moore just days ahead of a primary against appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), the establishment candidate in the race, TPM confirms.

Just two days later, President Trump will hold a rally for Strange, who also has the strong backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to help out Strange in the race’s final days.

The dueling rallies are the culmination of a burbling split in the party — one that’s not breaking down along the expected lines. Trump has been convinced by Senate Republicans to help Strange, a reliable vote for the president’s agenda, over Moore, a more outsider-fueled, rabble-rousing lightning rod closer to Trump’s own mold.

Every poll of the race has found Moore ahead, but many show Strange within striking distance.  Trump’s high-profile support could be the difference-maker in a state where Republicans still love him.

The support of the lesser-known Gorka, who was pushed out of his White House job in August, is less of an obvious boost — but he’s just one of many Trump allies who has split with the president on this race, including Gorka’s close associate Steve Bannon.

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