Jeff Sessions will join an already crowded field in the Alabama Senate primary. The hotly contested race to take on Democrat and a very vulnerable one at that Doug Jones in the general just got interesting.
Sessions may vault to front runner status save for his ongoing feud with President Trump. According to the report, Trump will campaign against Jeff as he will choose a different candidate to back.
This is a fluid situation and Trump is liable to change course and back his old friend, but it seems Trump sill blames Sessions for the whole Mueller debacle. From NBC:
It has been made clear to Sessions that President Donald Trump intends to campaign against him in what is currently a crowded Alabama Senate Republican primary field. Sessions must file his papers to run with the Alabama Republican Party by 5:00 p.m. on Friday night, which he has yet to do.
Sessions, who resigned as Attorney General in 2018 after recusing himself from the federal probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, would likely face the scorn of Trump, who called his decision to nominate Sessions as attorney general the “biggest mistake” of his presidency.
There have been questions about whether Sessions would be able to construct the campaign infrastructure to compete in a crowded GOP field ahead of the party’s March 3 primary. He has not run in a competitive race since his first campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1996, and the four-term senator lost a network of allies since Trump’s election— some to jobs within the Department of Justice and others, like former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Cliff Sims, who fell out of Trump’s favor. His former campaign manager and state director, Chuck Spurlock, died of cancer in 2013.
Sessions would enter the race with $2.5 million stowed away in his campaign war chest from previous fundraising.
From The AP:
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday.
Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as President Donald Trump’s first attorney general when their relationship soured over his recusal from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
The two Republicans confirmed to The Associated Press that Sessions is expected to announce his candidacy Thursday. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Sessions has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about it, nor has he informed Trump of his decision, the sources said.