I’ll bet a lot of people have been wondering if Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be able to claim his old Senate seat should Trump find a way to get rid of him.
Apparently it could happen if all nine candidates currently running for the GOP nomination for the seat Sessions vacated agree to drop out of the primary contest, which would then enable the Alabama GOP to appoint Sessions as their nominee for the special election.
The filing deadlines was May 17th, so Sessions couldn’t run straight up.
First Sessions has to find himself out of a job in Washington and then a bunch of very ambitious people have to agree to the scheme, a lot of hypotheticals.
As Politico writes, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, one of the Republican candidates apparently in danger of missing a GOP primary runoff, “has offered to drop out of the contest to make way for under-fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reclaim his old seat in Congress’ upper chamber.”
Maybe Brooks doesn’t think he has much of a chance and is trying to play the hero to distinguish himself, but it’s an interesting ploy in the state where Sessions remains very popular.
Recent public polling has placed Brooks, who has been the subject of millions of dollars in attack ads from a super PAC controlled by allies Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in third place heading towards the Aug. 15 runoff. The ads have portrayed him as insufficiently supportive of Trump.
It would seem the other candidates, including frontrunner Sen. Luther Strange (currently appointed to the seat), are unlikely to go for it should circumstances present themselves, but it may be worth a try. Still, could there be a problem with siding with Sessions against Trump given that Alabamans also love the president?
“I recognize that President Trump is popular in Alabama,” Brooks writes at the close [of a] statement. “My closest friends and political advisers have told me to not side with Jeff Sessions, that it will cost me politically to do so. My response is simple: I don’t care. If this costs me politically, that’s fine but I am going to the right thing for Alabama and America. I stand with Jeff Sessions.”
Oh, it’s not going to happen, but I wouldn’t want to be the Alabama politician who stood in the way of Jeff Sessions getting a consolation prize should Trump screw him over. Ain’t politics weird?
The primary is August 15th. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, the runoff is September 16th. The general election is December 12th. It’s a safe Republican seat.