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Brian McGee drops out, endorses Doug Jones

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, US Senate candidate Brian McGee (D) dropped his bid for US Senate and endorsed former US Attorney Doug Jones (D) for the position in the August 15, Special Democratic Primary.

Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of McGee in a joint press conference at Jones’ Birmingham campaign headquarters.

Jones said, “I have come to know and respect Brian on the campaign trail, and I am honored to have his support.”

McGee said, “Doug Jones is our best candidate for the US Senate, and I will spend as much time as I can working to get him elected. He will serve Alabama and our country well. I am proud to support him.”

Brian McGee is a Vietnam veteran and educator living in Lee County, Alabama. He entered the Senate race touting his vast experience and military service.

McGee stated that he intends to explore other elected offices in the future. “But right now, it is important to elect Doug Jones as our next US Senator.”

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Jones said, “Brian served us with honor in the military and he cares deeply about the future of this State. I know he will bring that same commitment and excellence to any office he wins.”

Doug Jones is a former US Attorney, perhaps best known for the successful prosecution of two former Klansmen responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church killing  four little girls.  The senseless slayings turned the country’s eyes on Birmingham.  Jones prosecuted those racist killers three decades later finally bringing some justice to those families.

Jones said that Democrats can win if they will focus on kitchen table issues like providing healthcare. Jones said that Obamacare needs some tweaks; but should not be repealed.

Jones and his family live in Birmingham. With McGee’s departure, he is one of seven candidate for the US Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) who is now US Attorney.

The Major Party Primary Election is on August 15.  If necessary, the Special Major Party runoff is on September 28.  The Special General Election will be December 12.

 

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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