Jeff Sessions was forced to resign from his position of Attorney General on Wednesday, but those who are big fans of what he accomplished during his time in office may not have to say their goodbyes just yet.
As it turns out, Sessions might be contemplating a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama. The seat, which he left vacant, went to a special election between Judge Roy Moore and Democrat Douglas Jones. Jones was able to pull off a victory after Moore was sunk by allegations of sexual misconduct involving an underage girl.
Jones is up for re-election (this time to a full term in the Senate) in 2020, when Sessions himself was due to come up for re-election (had he not taken the job in Washington) and Jones is by no means a lock on the seat. In fact, local Republicans, including former Republican Senator Luther Strange (who lost to Moore in the special election primary), seemed giddy about the possibility of Sessions returning to compete for his old position.
The problem for Sessions is that, while he’s a beloved fixture in Alabama, his time as Attorney General has done little to improve how potential 2020 voters see him. In fact, Politico reports, his former constituents have “soured” somewhat on their former Senator, largely because of President Donald Trump’s “relentless attacks” on Sessions’ character.
Since excusing himself from the DOJ’s Russia probe, Trump has routinely eviscerated Sessions — who was among Trump’s first and most ardent supporters as Trump was running for President in 2016 — over his refusal to intervene in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, allowing Mueller to have all the time and resources he needed to make a thorough inquiry into whether Russian officials effectively colluded with Trump campaign officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.
Sessions himself has yet to confirm these are his plans, but this sort of move would make a lot of sense. He’d certainly be a much better fit for the Senate seat than Jones.
The question, however, is whether or not Trump’s attacks on him have damaged his reputation and credibility so much that folks won’t back him in a race against Jones. Only time will tell that one.
Source: Daily Wire