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Sessions says that the people of Alabama expect their congress members to defend Alabama values

Brandon Moseley

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Saturday, U.S. Senate candidate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) said that the people of Alabama expect its Senator to defend Alabama values in the Senate.

Sessions made those comments addressing the Mid-Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills on Saturday.

“A Senate seat is a very important thing,” Sessions told the MARC members.

“The people of Alabama expect us to defend their values,” Sessions. “One year I spoke on the floor more than Harry Reid” (who was then the majority leader).

“You don’t want a potted plant,” Sessions said referring to incumbent Doug Jones (D). “He defended Nancy Pelosi. He wants to call the same witnesses that Chuck Schumer does. He is not one of us. He is one of them.”

Sessions was there with his wife Mary. Together they started the first Republican club in the history of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, when they were sophomore students there.

They now have ten grandchildren. The oldest is 11 and the youngest is 3.

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“When Mary and I started we hardly had any office holders now we have every statewide office – but one,” Sessions stated. “I believe in the Republican Party I have fought for it my entire life.”

Sessions credited one of his teachers for sharing National Review with him at an early age.

“Mr. Buckley you washed my brain when I was in high school,” Sessions said he told the late William F. Buckley.

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Sessions is a former U.S. Attorney, former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Reagan nominee to the federal judiciary, Trump Attorney General, and Senator from 1997 to 2017.

“The previous Administration was doing things that were not right,” Sessions said. “Murders jumped 12 percent the last year of the Obama Administration.”

Sessions said that the attacks on police from the administration and in some cases from their own city governments were responsible for the crime surge. Sessions said that he was proud to be part of a pushback against that as AG.

“We can have a working Republican majority for a decade and maybe two decades.” Sessions said if the party will listen the new people that Trump brought into the party in 2016 and not listen as much too Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

“The median income is $55,000,” Trump said. “They have not had a pay raise in 20 years,”

Sessions said that in the Senate he helped defeat three different amnesty plans.

“We are for immigration,” Sessions said but it has to be done the right way. One point one million people every year come here legally and get a green card. That is more than any other nation in the world.

Sessions said that he helped defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“The Sultan of Brunei had the same vote as the President of the United States,” Sessions said of the TPP. “That bill has not seen the light of day.”

Sessions defended Pres. Trump’s decision to order the killing of Iranian Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

“Soleimani has been the big guy for a long time and everybody knew it,” Sessions said of the Iranian General’s role in Middle Eastern terrorism. “Iran was known to be the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

Sessions urged a less interventionist foreign policy.

“We can not take over these countries and run these countries,” Sessions said. “We do not accept people attacking and killing our people; but at the same time we don’t need to take over and run these other countries with tens of millions of people. It is not good for them and it is not good for us.”

“Now we are energy independent,” Sessions added. “We don’t have to worry about Iranian oil it can sit in the ground as far as I am concerned.”

Sessions condemned the recent impeachment of Pres. Trump.

“It is an abuse of the impeachment power,” Sessions said.

Sessions called it, “A point of darkness in the history of the House.”

“The Senate shall conduct the trial not the House,” Sessions said.

Sessions said that the Senate leadership should tell Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, “You have no power here.”

Sessions said that the Democrats have investigated President Trump and have not found a single crime.

“They turned over every rock and have not found a single crime,” Sessions said. “Obstruction of Congress? The Congress obstructs the President every day.”

Sessions slammed the far left.

“They don’t even believe in right and wrong or objective truth,” Sessions said. “They don’t believe in tradition or law and order.” “They don’t believe in free speech.”

The Republican Primary is March 3.

 

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Tuberville

Brandon Moseley

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.

The Alabama Forestry Association announced Wednesday that the group is endorsing Republican Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville in the upcoming general election.

“We are proud to endorse Tommy Tuberville in the United States Senate race,” said AFA Executive Vice President Chris Isaacson. “He is a conservative with an impressive list of accomplishments, and we know that he will continue that record in his role as U.S. Senator. Tommy knows that decisions made in Washington impact families and businesses and will be an effective voice for the people of Alabama.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” Tuberville said. “The AFA is an excellent organization that stands for pro-business policies. Protecting Alabama industry is a key to our state’s success.”

Tuberville recently won the Republican nomination after a primary season that was extended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuberville is a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Southern Arkansas University. He held a number of assistant coaching positions, including defensive coordinator at Texas A&M and the University of Miami where he won a national championship.

Tuberville has been a head coach at Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. In his nine years at Auburn University, the team appeared in eight consecutive bowl games. His 2004 team won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl.

Tuberville coached that team to a perfect 13 to 0 season.

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Tuberville has been married to his wife Suzanne since 1991. They have two sons and live in Auburn.

Tuberville is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Jones campaign says Tuberville is not taking the pandemic seriously

Brandon Moseley

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Republican challenger Tommy Tubberville, right.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ re-election campaign released a statement critical of Republican Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville, suggesting that he is not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough.

“The Washington Post reported today that the stock market plummeted after jobless claims climbed last week by 1.4 million and the economy shrank by 9.5 percent — the biggest decline in most of our lifetimes,” the Jones campaign wrote. “While economists are worried about the permanent damage COVID-19 will do to the economy, and public health experts are pleading for people to abide by state and local mask orders, Tommy Tuberville ‘snickers’ in response to questions about flouting public health orders while in DC to raise campaign cash. The people of Alabama need to know that Tuberville is not taking the pandemic seriously, raising serious questions about how he would handle this crisis if elected.”

The Washington Post reported that “Tuberville is fundraising and holding ­in-person meetings in Washington this week, defying orders from D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) that visitors from Alabama and other coronavirus hot spots quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.”

“Tuberville spent at least some of his time at the Trump International Hotel, according to a photo posted to Facebook by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) showing the two men in the hotel lobby on Tuesday night,” the media reports stated. “Neither man was masked.”

Tuberville told AL.com that he has been called “everything in the world” so the last week is nothing new.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday the former Auburn coach broke Washington D.C. policy requiring “non-essential” visitors from states with high coronavirus case counts to self-quarantine for 14 days when he attended fundraising meetings in the city this week. In addition, a photo of Tuberville with Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington showed neither man wearing a face covering.

Tuberville addressed the controversy in comments to the Alabama Republican Executive Committee on Saturday. Tuberville said that he followed all the rules and wore his mask everywhere he went. When he was at events he would take his mask off to dine and people would come over to his table to shake his hand and get their picture taken. The press has seized on those moments to attack him, he claimed.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic has killed 707,158 people worldwide including 160,833 Americans since it first was discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. Absent an effective treatment or a vaccine, social distancing and masks are the only tools that we have to slow the spread of the virus.

The Tuberville-Jones race for U.S. Senate is going to have an important role in whether or not Republicans are able to hold on to their narrow Senate majority.

Tuberville is an Arkansas native. He is best known for his tenure as Auburn University’s head football coach, which includes an undefeated and untied team that won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl. He also coached at Texas Tech, Cincinnati and Mississippi.

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The general election is Nov. 3. Tuberville has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

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Jones campaign director blasts Tuberville for saying $600 “too much” for out-of-work Alabamians

Eddie Burkhalter

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Republican challenger Tommy Tubberville, right.

The communications director for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’s re-election campaign on Wednesday called out Tommy Tuberville for saying that $600 in emergency unemployment aid was too much for Alabamians. 

“Tommy Tuberville once again proves he’s out of touch with Alabama. When he ‘resigned’ from his job as a football coach he took a $5.1 million payout for himself. To this day, he receives $800 a week in State Retirement funds for a coaching job he ‘quit’ in 2008,” said Owen Kilmer, communications Director for Jones’s Senate campaign, in a statement Wednesday. 

“But he says $600 in emergency benefits is ‘way too much’ for people in Alabama who lost their jobs in this crisis through no fault of their own. Tuberville says $600 is ‘way too much’ to help people put food on the table and pay utilities,” Kilmer continued. “No wonder, when asked about how to handle this crisis, he said ‘I wouldn’t have a clue.’ It’s true. He doesn’t.”

Tuberville, the Republican Senate nominee, is trying to unseat Jones in the November general election. Jones has called the former Auburn football coach and first-time political candidate an unprepared hyper-partisan.

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Mimi Penhale, Russell Bedsole advance to GOP runoff in HD49

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Miriam "Mimi" Penhale, left, and Russell Bedsole, right, are vying for the vacant Alabama House District 49 seat.

Republican voters in House District 49 went to the polls Tuesday to nominate their next representative. Miriam “Mimi” Penhale and Russell Bedsole received the most votes and will advance on to the special Republican primary runoff scheduled for Sept. 1.

“What an incredible day!” Bedsole said. “Thank you friends and family for your love, support, and prayers. We had a great showing today and we are on to a runoff. Looking forward to getting back out and winning this thing on September 1st.”

“THANK YOU Bibb, Chilton and Shelby County!” Penhale said on social media. “I’m looking forward to earning your vote, again, on September 1 in the runoff.”

The election was very tight between the two. Mimi Penhale received 829 votes, or 31.4 percent of the votes. Russell Bedsole received 919 votes, or 34.8 percent.

The rest of the votes was split among the other four candidates. James Dean received less than 1 percent, Chuck Martin received 24.3 percent, Jackson McNeely received 2.16 percent and Donna Strong received 6.71 percent.

There were 2,639 votes cast on Tuesday. Voter turnout was 8.88 percent.

Bedsole serves on the Alabaster City Council, Pemhale is the director of the Shelby County Legislative office.

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The eventual winner of the Republican nomination will face Democrat Cheryl Patton in the special general election on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Rep. April Weaver, R-Briarfield, announced her resignation to accept an appointment as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties. The winner will serve the remainder of Weaver’s term, which ends in late 2022.

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