At the very last minute, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his bid for his old Alabama State Senate seat. Sources said that Sessions “will come out forcefully in support of [President] Trump’s agenda while denouncing Democrats’ impeachment efforts. And steps have already begun to hire campaign staff.”
Sessions would be joining a primary field that includes Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, businessman Stanley Adair, state Rep. Arnold Mooney and Roy Moore, the 2017 GOP nominee who lost to Sen. Doug Jones (D) in the special election to fill Sessions’s former seat.
Sessions previously held the senate seat for twenty years until he was chosen to serve as President Trump’s first attorney general. He quickly fell out of favor with the president and left the administration in November 2018. Trump has said naming Sessions as attorney general was the “biggest mistake of his presidency” and he has called his leadership of the Justice Department “a total joke.”
“We were able to serve, to push the Trump agenda,” Sessions said. “I don’t regret that.”
Despite his past relationship with Trump, Sessions has continued to be popular in Alabama, a state Trump won with 62% of the vote during his 2016 election. Now he is throwing his hat back in the ring even though allies of Trump have warned him sit out the election. Even though Sessions will face the president’s wrath during primary campaign, he will be a formidable challenger to Doug Jones.
Its wise of him to reconsider supporting the President since Trump will most likely win the 2020 election.