Jeff Sessions Announces Alabama Senate Bid By Sucking Up to Trump

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

The seat is now held by Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated an unpopular Republican candidate in a special election in December 2017. "Second, the president's doing a great job for America and Alabama, and he has my strong support". Oh, did I go on CNN and attack the president? No.

By the time Sessions announced his run Thursday, multiple negative ads disparaging the former senator were online. After Sessions recused himself from the department's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump spent months ridiculing him both in public - and reportedly continues to do so in private. Have I said a cross word about President Trump?

News reports, though, suggest that Trump and the Senate Republican leadership are anything but supportive of Sessions' 2020 run.

Sessions stepped down as attorney general previous year after Trump repeatedly berated Sessions for recusing himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions announced his attempt to win back his old Senate seat on Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tonight.

One major question hanging over Sessions' entrance into the race would be whether Trump - who has remained popular in Alabama - would take steps to thwart his bid.

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He is planning to submit his name for the Democratic presidential Primary in Alabama on Friday, the deadline to do so. Bloomberg has dispatched staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the primary there.

And while politicians, operatives and analysts expect Sessions to become an immediate frontrunner for the GOP nomination, the big unknown is how Trump and his Alabama supporters will react.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses a business group in Montgomery, Ala., last year.

Sessions said he had not yet had a chance to discuss his candidacy with the president.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would support Sessions.

Mr Sessions, 72, held his Senate seat for two decades before serving as AG.

Given that Alabama's filing deadline is on Friday, the long-time politician is certainly cutting it close in a field that is already filled with Republican primary candidates such as Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney, NPR reports. I worked with him every day up here for 20 years.

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