Jeff Sessions for Senate in Alabama: ‘We’ll Have to See,’ Said Trump

When Jeff Sessions left the Senate, he did so to become President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

That could have gone better.

As of Thursday night of this week, he is in the GOP primary race to take back his old Senate seat representing Alabama.

But — as with an out-of-shape boxer who gets in the ring one more time for the money — some are not sanguine about his chances.

Former GOP colleagues still in the Senate are on board, though.

Eleven of them an Friday afternoon endorsed him for the seat.

Here’s his fellow Alabaman GOP Sen. Richard Shelby backing him.

See this tweet with some more information:

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby endorses Jeff Sessions for return to the Senate.

WATCH the full video: https://t.co/i2Rwfm2kSw pic.twitter.com/LH8yInzzOt

— Roll Call (@rollcall) November 8, 2019

Of course, that sets up Sessions’ primary opponents to crown him as beloved of Washington insiders and incumbent politicians. And that may not play well in populist Alabama.

Then there’s the White House.

The president, not exactly a surprise to anyone, holds grudges. Because Sessions bailed on him on the Mueller investigation, the president has said some negative things over time about his former attorney general — and that’s putting it diplomatically.

But for right now, Trump is playing it close to the vest.

See this exchange, for example:

Question: “Will you endorse Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate run?”

President Trump: “Well I haven’t gotten involved. I saw he said very nice things about me last night, but we’ll have to see.” pic.twitter.com/8gyaB9frf4

— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2019

Some took Sessions’ Senate campaign announcement, in which he went out of his way to defend himself against charges of disloyalty to Trump, as a cowering ploy.

See this comment, for example:

“It’s a hostage tape.”

-Political strategist Guy Cecil on fmr. AG Sessions’ new Senate campaign video, where he focuses on assuring that he supports Pres. Trump.https://t.co/xq96svUFLa

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 8, 2019

But initial strategy demanded he do that because he now wants to get elected to statewide office in the reddest of red states, where the president figuratively walks on water.

He also wants to play spoiler to other Republicans — who think Sessions is yesterday’s news and their time has come.

Those candidates include Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.); former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville; Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill; businessman Stanley Adair; and State House member Arnold Mooney.

Out of that lot, the smart

Source:: LifeZette

      

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