Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneTrump's Slovenia Ambassador Lynda Blanchard jumps into Alabama Senate race Mo Brooks expresses interest in running for Shelby's Senate seat Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R-Ala.) has released a new advertisement for this Senate campaign targeting the progressive congresswomen in “the squad” as well as former NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

Byrne discusses his late brother Dale in the ad, who died in 2013 from a respiratory illness Byrne's campaign said was contracted during military service and deployments to Iraq, reported.

“When the towers fell, I knew my brother would be going to war,” Byrne said in the ad. “Dale was a true patriot. I can’t bring him back. I miss him every day.”


Byrne goes on to accuse Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy MORE (D-Minn.) of “cheapening” the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Omar has faced criticism for her comments in a speech to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which she said that after the attack, some people equated all Muslims with terrorists. 

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said in comments that have drawn criticism. Some, however, said her comments were taken out of context.

Byrne also targeted Kaepernick for his protests when he would kneel during the national anthem before games as a demonstration against racial inequality in the U.S.

Byrne also called out “the squad,” the nickname for progressive congresswomen Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.).

“It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11, entitled athletes dishonoring our flag, the squad attacking America,” Byrne said.

“Dale fought for that right, but I will not let them tear our country apart. That’s why I’m running for Senate,” he continues. He is seated by a campfire where he and his brother grew up in Baldwin County, Ala., according to

Dale Byrne served in the Alabama National Guard and was deployed to multiple overseas sites, including Kuwait and Iraq. He died in October 2013, and the Byrne campaign has said the respiratory illness he struggled with was linked to veterans who were surrounded by burn pits on military bases in Iraq.

Byrne is one of seven GOP candidates running for the Republican nomination in the Alabama Senate race this year against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D).

Other candidates include former U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records MORE, who previously held the seat; former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville; state Rep. Arnold Mooney; and others.