Jeff Sessions fights to keep his political career
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting to keep his political career alive as he goes head-to-head against an ally of President Donald Trump to regain his old Senate seat. Sessions previously served two terms as a senator from Alabama before Trump appointed him as his Attorney General. He angered the president by recusing himself from the Russia investigation into the 2016 election and was forced to resign in 2018.
Sessions faces former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s primary. Tuberville has Trump’s full endorsement. Prior to the new surge in COVID-19 cases, the president had planned to travel to Alabama to campaign alongside Tuberville.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Jeff Sessions was a disaster who had let us all down.
“Big Senate Race in Alabama on Tuesday. Vote for @TTuberville, he is a winner who will never let you down. Jeff Sessions is a disaster who has let us all down. We don’t want him back in Washington,” the president tweeted.
Sessions fired back at the president saying Trump’s tweets were juvenile insults.
“I’ve taken the road less travelled. Not sought fame or fortune. My honor and integrity are far more important than these juvenile insults. Your scandal ridden candidate is too cowardly to debate. As you know, Alabama does not take orders from Washington,” Sessions tweeted at Trump.
The Sessions campaign claims that Tuberville is hiding from the issues. They claim that he’s weak on China, trade and immigration. They’ve promoted Sessions as tested and someone who has actually stood up for Alabama values.
Alabama Republican consultant, Angi Stalnaker says that Sessions, unfortunately, allowed the narrative to become him versus Trump and that Tuberville hasn’t had to campaign.
“[Tuberville’s] only argument is Donald Trump likes me. If a light pole had run against Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump would have endorsed the light pole,” Stalnaker told Fox News.
Tuberville is leading in the polls by double-digits but some say not to count Sessions out yet. President Trump has not had much luck with candidates he’s endorsed in Alabama and the Sessions campaign says that the state’s voters like to pick their own representatives.
The winner will go on to face Sen. Doug Jones (D) who is by far the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate.
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