By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org
ALABAMA — Jeff Sessions is looking for a comeback.
On Thursday, the former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General announced his intentions to seek another term to the U.S. Senate seat he held from 1997 to 2017.
In a statement released on his website, Sessions said:
“When I left President Trump’s cabinet, did I write a tell all book? No. Did I go on CNN and attack the President? No. Have I said a cross word about President Trump? No.
And I’ll tell you why: First, that would be dishonorable. I was there to serve his agenda, not mine. Second, the President is doing a great job for America and Alabama, and he has my strong support.
As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs. But here’s the important part: the President is doing great work for America.
When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me. I was the first to support President Trump. I was his strongest advocate. I still am. We must make America great again.
Our freedoms have never been under attack like they are today. We have major party candidates for President campaigning on socialism, confiscating firearms, and closing down churches they disagree with. I’ve battled these forces my entire life, and I’m not about to surrender now. Let’s go!”
Sessions’ decision comes on the cusp of the November 8 filing deadline for candidates seeking elected office in Alabama.
Sessions joins a crowded primary field of Republicans seeking to topple Doug Jones, who is seeking a full term of his own in Congress’ upper chamber.
In a Club for Growth poll released to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Sessions led the Republican primary field by double digits. In the poll, Sessions was out front with 36%, followed by former Auburn University Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville at 23%. Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore tied at 11% each, followed by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill at 6% and Mooney at 2%. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 points.
Alabama’s primary elections will be held on March 3, 2020.