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    Alabama Senate Republican Primary — Trump v. Sessions (Update)

    Alabama Senate Republican Primary — Trump v. Sessions (Update)

    Not literally, it’s Trump’s pick of Tommy Tuberville versus Jeff Sessions.

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    Tuesday, July 14, 2020, is the Republican primary in Alabama for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Doug Jones.

    Defeating Jones is a must if Republicans are going to have a strong chance of holding the Senate.

    Jones never should have been elected in the first place, but for the debacle with Republicans nominating Roy Moore for the 2017 special election to replace Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General. Jones barely won the race, which would have been an easy win for anyone other than Moore.

    Sessions, who was one of Trump’s earliest supporters, ended up recusing himself leading to the appointment of Robert Mueller, and well, the rest is Russia-collusion hoax history. Most important for present purposes, Sessions then resigned as Attorney General, and is running to get back his old seat. Trump, who is intensely bitter towards Sessions over Mueller-gate, has endorsed Sessions’ opponent in the runoff primary election, Tommy Tuberville.

    Sessions has been all over Fox News and in advertising making the case that he is the best positioned to support the Trump agenda even if Trump supports his opponent.

    Seems to me that Tuberville is riskier in the general election because he is less of a known quantity. There could be surprises. Quinn Hillyer writes, The national media will have a field day with Coach Tuberville:

    When then-Auburn University head coach Tommy Tuberville made a brief appearance in the movie The Blind Side, his close friend and business partner John David Stroud appeared in the film with him, pretending to be an assistant coach looking at game films. Stroud later went to prison for investment fraud. Tuberville skated by with an out-of-court settlement.

    If Tuberville wins the July 14 Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Alabama against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it’s a certainty that this and other parts of Tuberville’s past suddenly will be subjected to the full investigative force of the politicized, hard-left newsroom of the New York Times and by other left-wing news outlets as well. That’s what the establishment media does to Republicans: It waits until the GOP is stuck with a nominee and then vets the nominee with an eye toward defeating him.

    Tuberville, as a political neophyte, never has been fully vetted. Sessions, on the other hand, is an entirely known quantity; there’s nothing the media can do to him to move his political needle further downward if he earns the nomination to face incumbent Democrat Sen. Doug Jones in November.

    On Tuberville, everything will be under scrutiny — his marital history, his recruiting practices, his treatment of black players, his Florida residency, his lack of knowledge of local Alabama issues, and of course, this investment scandal. He may be clean as a whistle, but if he’s not, the media will blow the whistle on him.

    There may be nothing to the Tuberville concern, but can Republicans take a chance at losing what should be an easy pick-up?

    I was going to do a reader poll, but there’s not a lot of time before tomorrow. I think Sessions will win the primary, and will easily defeat Doug Jones. If Tuberville wins the primary, every morning we will wake up waiting for a shoe to drop.

    UPDATE

    Tuberville trounces Sessions in Alabama Senate Republican Runoff

    [Featured Image – Trump and Sessions in happier times, at Trump 2016 campaign rally]

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    maingun | July 14, 2020 at 5:28 am

    As a resident of Alabama, I want a Senator that represents the people of Alabama. Someone that has our values and beliefs. Only one of the candidates has a demonstrated track record of doing that, and it’s Jeff Sessions. Tuberville “might” actually do that, but we’re full of history of people who turn bad when they actually get to vote.


       
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      gonzotx in reply to maingun. | July 14, 2020 at 9:32 am

      So the values of Alabama are being a Deep State traitor

      Gotcha …


         
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        DSHornet in reply to gonzotx. | July 14, 2020 at 9:49 am

        Cheap shot. Thanks. No, gonzo, that doesn’t describe our values at all.

        Sessions did what he did because he had to, not because he wanted to. Let’s face it, following Trump’s footsteps in lock step isn’t always a good idea. Sessions knew that so he followed legal requirement, not Trump’s demands.

        Don’t think I dislike Trump. Nothing could be farther from the truth since his election was a seriously needed speed break to the “progress”ives, but he can still do dumb things – like requiring loyalty when it might not be the best thing for the future of the nation. Many of us don’t like Sessions for whatever reason but there’s a lot we just don’t know about Tuberville.
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          gonzotx in reply to DSHornet. | July 14, 2020 at 1:07 pm

          Not cheap, apparently true
          He didn’t have to resign and he should have discussed it with Trump PRIOR
          He should have stepped down
          He is responsible for much of Trumps, his family and this Country

          He simply is a traitor


         
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        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to gonzotx. | July 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

        Oh, please, Gonzo. Judging by your other comments over the years, you’re better than that.


     
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    AlexanderYpsilantis | July 14, 2020 at 10:56 am

    I can well understand Trump’s disdain for Sessions. But in politics you take what you can get. Better a GOP Senator Sessions than a Democrat Senator Doug Jones.

    The main goal is to regain that seat for the GOP and hopefully retain a GOP majority in the US Senate. If we can get Tuberville in that Senate seat, great. Otherwise Sessions will do.

    Jones didn’t win because Moore was a bad candidate – Moore’s win came solely from the city of Huntsville – he won because Democrats pulled out the pedophile allegation even though even if Moore had done the things he was accused of, without evidence, he wouldn’t have been one. Jones’ win was the opening shot in the use of sex against Republican candidates. As for Sessions, I don’t care who wins the primary, I just want Jones out.

      Correction – JONES’ win came solely from the city of Huntsville. Moore was well ahead until the Huntsville votes were counted. There are rumors that busloads of blacks were brought in from neighboring Tennessee to illegally vote for Jones. Trump won Huntsville by a very large margin. There was definitely something fishy there.

      Correction – JONES’ win came solely from the city of Huntsville. Moore was well ahead until the Huntsville votes were counted. There are rumors that busloads of blacks were brought in from neighboring Tennessee to illegally vote for Jones. Trump won Huntsville by a very large margin. There was definitely something fishy there.


       
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      gonzotx in reply to SamC130. | July 14, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      You should care, you all should care, Sessions was and is a traitor and part of the Deep state


         
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        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to gonzotx. | July 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm

        Here, you and i are in agreement. But, I want to know if Sessions is a turncoat due to beliefs, or blackmail? And, given that virtually ANYTHING can. be dug up and used against virtually anyone these days, who ISN’T subject to blackmail?

        Very few are willing to say “Publish and be damned”. And few in the general public are willing to overlook that blackface at the school party 45 years ago, or the use of N1663R in a memo, radio interview, or whatever.


     
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    Dusty Pitts | July 14, 2020 at 11:16 am

    For gosh sakes, people, they’re running for Senator, not rocket scientist.

    In fact, with a very, very few exceptions (e.g., Ted Cruz), the United States Senate essentially functions as America’s Most Prestigious Short Bus.


     
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    Olinser | July 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    I would be willing to support Sessions – IF the cowardly little punk could, JUST ONCE, admit that he was a terrible AG and that he allowed himself to be manipulated into recusing himself.

    Instead the little weasel is STILL TRYING to claim his recusal was ‘required by law’ and he ‘did his duty’.

    Fuck Sessions.


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