Report: Sessions Could Try to Recapture Senate Seat in 2020
Jeff Sessions was one of the first prominent Republican lawmakers to come out in support of Donald Trump. Trump rewarded the former senator by naming him his first United States Attorney General. The marriage did not work out so well, with Sessions leaving the post in November of 2018.
Prior to becoming the Attorney General, Sessions had served as an Alabama senator for over 20 years. According to a new report for Politico, the Republican might like that job back and is seriously considering running for the seat in 2020.
Whoever comes out of the Republican primary would take on Democratic senator Doug Jones. Jones captured the seat in 2017 with help from sexual misconduct claims against opponent Roy Moore.
The news of a possible Sessions run came from David McIntosh of the conservative group, Club for Growth. McIntosh told Politico, “We are hearing that Sessions is seriously considering running for Senate again and that polling indicates he would be in very good shape. The Club for Growth has in the past and would once again encourage him to run for that Senate seat.”
McIntosh continued, “We were enthusiastic way back early on that Sessions, when he retired from the attorney general spot, might go back to the Senate. At that point, he didn’t want to think about that because he was just finishing up one job. I’m very encouraged he’s now seriously considering it.”
One thing that could hurt Sessions is his deteriorated relationship with Donald Trump. One Republican close to the race said, “There isn’t anyone who has fallen more out of favor with President Trump than Jeff Sessions. Whatever goodwill that might still exist for him among Alabama Republicans would evaporate after sustained Trump tweets.”
Sessions has yet to comment on the veracity of the report.