The terrible optics of appointing Strange to the US Senate

February 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday morning that any attorney general’s office investigation into his possible misdeeds is now over.

The Governor didn’t use those exact words.

Instead, he said he was appointing AG Luther Strange to take over the US Senate seat vacated by new US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

And one means the other. If not in reality, certainly in perception.

Thursday’s press conference, in which Strange and Bentley ducked questions about the investigation, with Strange again making the odd statement that he’s never said his office was investigating the Governor – a statement that’s the textbook definition of a non-denial denial – and Bentley citing the pre-Trump election timing of a letter from Strange that halted impeachment proceedings against the Governor.
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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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Big PAC Money Flows to One Candidate in Race to Replace Hubbard

September 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Four candidates are vying for the seat once held by convicted felon, Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary on September 13. The voters of District 79 have yet to pick a candidate, but the well-heeled of Auburn and influential Montgomery PACs have already chosen theirs.

Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer and Brett Smith are all in the running, but only Lovvorn is winning the “dash for cash” contest.
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