From the moment he left the Justice Department, talk about former U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions has centered on the possibility of him running for his old seat in the Senate.
That doesn’t mean he’s a lock to win the seat back for Republicans, however, as Politico reported in an examination of the 2020 race.
Sessions’ main liability would be his strained relationship with President Trump, according to political insiders. Once one of the Trump’s key supporters, the two fell out after Sessions became AG and recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. What followed were two years of public criticism directed at Sessions.
Terry Lathan, chair of the Alabama Republican Party, told Politico Sessions is “beloved” in the state but the relationship between him and Trump could create an “unusual circumstance” if he does run.
“The president is highly appreciated for his conservative policy. He’s just slaying it as far as we’re concerned,” Lathan said. “But I also know how much people admire and respect Jeff Sessions.”
Sessions has not said publicly he will run for the seat he held from 1997 to 2017.
Who else could be running?
Democrat Doug Jones, who beat out Republican Roy Moore in December 2017 to win the seat in Republican-strong Alabama, is seeking a second term.
On the Republican side, Rep. Bradley Byrne said he is considering running for seat. Other names mentioned in the Politico report were State Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh; U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks; and newly elected Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth.
That list could shrink if Sessions throws his hat in the ring, Lathan said.
“There could be a real reset and folks who were thinking about running could take a second look,” she said.
Source: AL.com (Leada Gore)
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