Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce Thursday that he intends to run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, potentially setting up a high-profile battle with his former boss, President Donald Trump.
Sessions, who has not run in a competitive race since his first bid for the Senate in 1996, has reportedly been made aware that Trump intends to campaign against him. If he runs, he would be working to mount a political comeback without support from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., or the Senate GOP’s campaign arm. He must file papers to declare his candidacy Friday by 5:00 p.m local time.
Sessions’ former seat is currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated controversial former Judge Roy Moore, a Republican, in a 2017 special election. Jones, the first Democrat to represent the Yellowhammer State in 25 years, is considered the most vulnerable incumbent in the Senate.
I think this would be a bad move on Trump’s part for a lot of reasons. It may have been a mistake for Sessions to recuse himself from the whole Russian collusion nonsense, but Sessions is a law and order kind of guy who was clearly doing what he felt best to make sure no one could claim their was any improper influence on that investigation.
Sessions was an early supporter of Trump’s in the 2016 election and was a good attorney general who did a lot to clean up the mess and corruption of the Obama years. Trump’s pitch to the voters in 2016 included the claim that he only picks “the best people” yet, it seems like whenever someone leaves his administration Trump can only come up with bad things to say about them.
Trump’s best move is to stay out of the race for U.S. Senate in Alabama. It will be an easy seat to flip back to the GOP as long as he doesn’t muddy up the waters, and if Sessions wins, he’ll want an ally out of him.