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Eight Alabama sheriffs, police groups from 11 major cities endorse Sessions

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Monday, eight Alabama Sheriffs and representatives from police groups in eleven major American cities held a joint press conference to announce that they are endorsing Jeff Sessions for the U.S. Senate.

Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner said that Sessions has a proven track record of strong support for law enforcement in Alabama.

“Law enforcement officers trust Jeff Sessions because we know that he has our back,” Sheriff Turner said in a statement. “As Senator, Jeff Sessions has gone to bat in Washington to fight for the funding that we need. A good example of that is the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, which has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers right here in Alabama, on how to apprehend and prosecute criminals who are engaging in the human trafficking of children.”

Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said that Sessions’ background as a prosecutor makes him uniquely qualified to advocate for law enforcement in the U.S. Senate.

“I have known Jeff Sessions for over 30 years. We met when he was a U.S. Attorney down in Mobile prosecuting criminal cases, and I was cutting my teeth as a young narcotics detective in Tuscaloosa,” Sheriff Samaniego said. “Jeff had a backbone of steel, and an unwavering commitment to the law and getting criminals and thugs off the street. Jeff is that same man of character and principle today. I am proud to endorse Jeff Sessions for the U.S. Senate. There is no question in my mind that he is the best qualified person for the job.”

The Alabama Sheriffs who are endorsing Sessions include:

Ray Norris of Clarke County; Kevin Turner of Madison County; Shannon Oliver of Franklin County; John Samaniego of Shelby County; Jonathon W. Horton of Etowah County; Heath Taylor of Russell County, who also serves as President of the Alabama Sheriffs Association; Billy Murray of St. Clair County; and Don Valenza of Houston County.

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Sessions said he was humbled by the support, and ready to fight for law enforcement again in the U.S. Senate

“For far too long, the radical left has used rhetoric that undermines and vilifies law enforcement officers, and we have seen unprecedented violence directed against our sheriffs and police officers, as a culture of disrespect for law enforcement has taken root in some parts of America,” Sessions said. “That has to end. Alabama needs a U.S. Senator who deeply understands the challenges law enforcement faces today, a senator who has proven to be willing to stand up and defend our sheriffs, deputies, and police. My message to law enforcement is this: you do heroic work, you have my thanks, and I will always have your back.”

Bill Partridge, Oxford Police Chief and President of the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs, spoke at the press conference and pointed to Sessions’ experience and track record.

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“The U.S. Senate is a serious job, and police chiefs and sheriffs across Alabama know that we have to have a tough leader in that position, who knows how to get things done for Alabama law enforcement. Jeff Sessions’ door has always been open to Alabama law enforcement officers — whenever there has been a need, he has answered the call, which is why I am proud to support his campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Partridge said. “We need Jeff Sessions back in Washington, fighting for Alabama.”

Police from eleven major American cities were represented at the press conference, endorsing Sessions in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Edward Mullins is the President of the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association. He spoke about Sessions’ work as U.S. Attorney General to fight gangs like MS-13 and crackdown on sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.

“As U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions expertly executed President Trump’s directive to restore the rule of law and reduce violent crime,” Mullins said. “Through his words and his actions, Jeff Sessions made it clear to police in every community that the nation’s highest law enforcement official once again had our backs and that we were not the enemy.”

“I cannot envision any other leader who could have so quickly restored the morale of American law enforcement after such a dark period under the previous administration,” Mullins added. “Because of his vigorous pursuit of violent criminals and common sense policies, criminal alien gangs like MS-13 were put on notice that they could no longer spread terror with impunity, as the Justice Department made sweeping arrests of violent gang members, and so-called “sanctuary cities” were held accountable for ignoring Immigration and Customs detainers on violent criminal aliens and releasing them back into our communities.”

Sessions is a recipient of the National Sheriffs Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and has been honored as a lifetime honorary member of the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

Stephen Schola with the Police Benevolent Association said that in Sessions tenure as Senator he, “Was the voice for common sense” in the Senate. The previous administration did a number of things at the Justice Department “that encouraged distrust of law enforcement. That led to a spike in ambush attacks on our police officers. Morale was at an all time low.” When Sessions took over he demonstrated that “he had our backs and we were not the enemy.”

Ted Sexton is the retired Sheriff of Tuscaloosa County and a Past President of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association. He also is a former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

“My community was devastated by a tornado in 2011,” Sexton said. Sessions had our backs and was committed to supporting us during the recovery. He has a “Long commitment to law enforcement.”

Sessions said that in San Francisco the administration is now referring to persons arrested by police as “clients” rather than criminals.

Sessions said that he has always supported law enforcement over the criminals who break the laws.

Sessions defended “stop and frisk” policies saying that “it can be abused; but it is an effective tool at reducing crime.” Police find drugs and weapons that otherwise would not have been. New York had over 1,100 murders a year; the Rudi Giuliani took over and implemented new more aggressive policing, which “Saved New York.” The numbers dropped to just 300 homicides per year. With stop and frisk felons don’t carry a gun or knife so when they get in a scuffle they don’t kill someone.

Sessions was critical of new changes in policing in New York City under Bill de Blasio and blamed those policies for an uptick in crime in New York.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked if that was responsible for recent Census numbers showing that New York state lost 48,000 people in the last year with 40,000 of those leaving the city.

“I got to tell you whether it is a neighborhood in New York or in Montgomery, if they don’t feel safe, people with the means will leave,” Sessions said. “Crime surges, and people leave that area. People if they have a choice, will not live in a high crime area. You don’t have grocery stories and shopping centers and housing values can drop by half. That particularly impacts the poor.”

Mullins said, “It is more like 90,000.”

“Often when arrests were down it is because politicians are telling police not to arrest people,” Sessions said. “Who suffers the most from crime? It is poorer people. African American and Hispanic people they are the ones who are the victims of crime and suffer the most.”

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Doug Jones raises $2.4 million in first fundraising period of 2020

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U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, raised $2.4 million in the first fundraising period of 2020, according to his reelection campaign, which was $500,000 more than he raised during the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Jones has $7.4 million cash at hand, according to his campaign, which released the totals on Thursday. Jones’s latest campaign finance reports weren’t yet posted to the Federal Election Commission website on Thursday. 

“Alabamians across the state are showing their commitment to Doug’s message of One Alabama and his proven track record of standing up for all Alabamians,” said Doug Turner, Senior Advisor for Jones’s campaign, in a statement Thursday. Doug’s work to support working families, fund our HBCUs, modernize our military and expand and protect our health care is resonating with folks throughout Alabama. We are well-positioned to continue to grow our grassroots support and win in November.” 

Jones ended 2019 leading all of his Republican contenders in fundraising, ending the year with $5 million in cash.

 

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Opponents accuse Tuberville of supporting amnesty for undocumented immigrants

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The Senate campaign is heating up as the top three candidates are all going negative. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville has attacked Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and former Attorney General and Senator Jeff Sessions of being career politicians. Both Byrne and Tuberville have attacked Sessions for not having adequately served President Donald J. Trump (R) while Attorney General. Byrne has even attacked Tuberville’s coaching abilities. The latest attacks on Tuberville accuse him of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens. Sessions even accused Tuberville of being a “tourist.”

Wednesday, Sessions announced a new television ad called “Tuberville for Amnesty.”

Byrne and Tuberville point to an August speech by Coach Tuberville when he said: “There are people coming across the border that need jobs… and we want them to come over here… Let em’ come in and become citizens like we all became citizens.”

The Tuberville campaign called the attack “fake news” on Twitter.

Sessions’ campaign manager Jon Jones said, “Tuberville is claiming that his own words are ‘fake news.’ All of them? Tommy Tuberville needs to read the transcript. It is clear that Tuberville supports immigration amnesty, and he is attempting to trick Alabama voters to believe otherwise. In contrast, Jeff Sessions has done more than just say he wants to fix the border – he has already worked alongside President Trump to stop illegal immigration.”

The new Sessions ad reads: “Tuberville is trying to trick you, hiding his support for immigration amnesty.” Then plays an audio clip of the Tuberville comment from August

Tuesday, Byrne told reporters in Trussville: “I can tell you right now this issue about Tommy Tuberville’s position on amnesty is a key issue. And so we’re going to keep telling people about his position on that and let him explain why he doesn’t think that’s amnesty.”

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“Let em’ come in and become citizens like we all became citizens,” Tuberville is quoted in the ad.

Tuberville has denied supporting amnesty and says that he supports President Trump’s immigration agenda.

The Sessions ad further charges: “And Tuberville’s not even from Alabama, he’s a tourist here. He lives, pays taxes and even votes in Florida.”

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On Tuesday, the Tuberville campaign responded with an attack ad of their own.

“The career politicians are desperate to hang on to their paychecks and power, so they have started airing negative ads full of false attacks and baseless distortions,” Tuberville said. “Our new commercial allows us to respond with some hard truths about which candidate wants to drain the D.C. swamp and is tough enough to actually help President Trump get the job done.”

The Tuberville ad has Byrne with former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sessions with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) who led the impeachment effort against President Trump. The ad even connects Sessions and Byrne with Sen. Mitt Romney (the only Republican in either House of Congress who found that the President did anything wrong.)

State Representative Arnold Mooney, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Ruth Page Nelson, and businessman Stanley Adair are also running for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones (D).

The Republican primary is March 3.

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Republicans criticize Jones over his “stupid question” response to a constituent

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Republicans are criticizing U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, for a flippant response to a constituent asking how he will vote on a bill that would ban late-term abortions.

While Walking into an Alabama Employer Health Policy Discussion in Birmingham today, Jones had this interaction with a constituent:

The constituent asked: “Do you think abortion should be banned after 5 months?”

Sen. Jones responded, “What a stupid question.”

Constituent: “You’re voting on it next week.”

Senate candidate Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said, “Doug may find the sanctity of life funny now, but he won’t find it funny when we fire him in November. I’m running for Senate to ensure we have a Pro-Life, Pro-Trump fighter representing the people of Alabama in the U.S. Senate.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser is the President of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List).

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“Senator Doug Jones has proven once again that he is no moderate when it comes to abortion on demand through the moment of birth. Alabama’s Democratic senator may think it is ‘stupid’ to question his abortion extremism, but rest assured, his constituents take respect for human life very seriously,” President Dannenfelser said. “With a record of voting in favor of late-term abortion more than halfway through pregnancy and forced taxpayer funding of abortion, Sen. Jones has repeatedly betrayed Alabamians, siding with the radical abortion lobby and fellow extremist Democrats in Congress. Their agenda is dramatically out of step with the people of Alabama and the strong majority of Americans – including 55 percent of Independents and 43 percent of rank-and-file Democrats – who support compassionate limits on abortion after five months of pregnancy, when science clearly shows unborn babies can feel excruciating pain. If Senator Jones refuses to protect innocent unborn children, he won’t be laughing come Election Day.”

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will ban abortion in the state when the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the controversial Roe vs. Wade decision.

Trump Victory National Finance Committee member Perry O. Hooper Jr. said in a statement, “This is a broken record with Doug Jones. It appears he bends over backwards to slap
Alabamians in the face. Always ignoring what Alabamians believe. We are Pro-Life. He is pro-abortion, it is that simple. He is a broken record. Never standing for Alabama values; He is a died in the wool leftist its that plain and simple. Abortion upon demand until birth is his mantra. He has no regard for human life unless they are on death row confected of multiple homicides. These are his victims not innocent children killed in the womb.”

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Defeating Doug Jones and taking back the Senate seat is a top priority of Alabama Republicans.

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Hasdorff calls for “out-of-touch” Mike Bloomberg to visit an Alabama Farm

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Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Terri Hasdorff challenged billionaire Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg to come visit an Alabama farm.

Hasdorff’s comments followed the re-release of Bloomberg statements dismissing farmers as lacking the “grey matter” to do other jobs.

In a 2016 speech at Oxford University in England, the former New York City Mayor said that he “could teach anybody, even the people in this room” to be a farmer. “You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”

“I am appalled at how out-of-touch Mr. Bloomberg is about how much work goes into successful farming,” Hasdorff said. “I’m personally inviting him to Alabama’s Second District where I would be happy to take him to one of our nearly 10,000 farms and give him a tour maybe we can even get him to roll up his sleeves and put in a little bit of real work!”

Alabama has a long, storied history as an agricultural states Even now, agriculture and forestry remains the largest industry in the state of Alabama.

“Alabama’s farmers are the backbone of our state,” Hasdorff continued. “The fact that someone like Michael Bloomberg feels he is entitled to belittle their hard work is appalling – but this is what the far left really thinks of real America. This is what out of touch Democrats and coastal elites believe. Mr. Bloomberg was just the one caught on tape.”

Hasdorff is part of a crowded Republican primary field on March 3. The Alabama Democratic presidential primary is also on March 3.

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“This is why I’m running for Congress,” Hasdorff added. “We need leaders who understand the needs and struggles of hard-working Americans – farmers, manufacturers, people who keep our country fed and moving. We need real leaders who will fight for our people, not leaders who would have government replace true hard work and the American spirit.”

Hasdorff worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison in the George H.W. Bush (R) Administration. There she worked with faith leaders across the country. She worked on Capitol Hill for six years where her most meaningful assignments focused on keeping the government and Washington, D.C. elites from discriminating against churches and faith-based organizations. Hasdorff worked on the Ten Commandments Defense Act, defending the right of states to display the Ten Commandments in courthouses and public places. She served as a senior advisor on the Charitable Choice language, which put the Faith-Based initiative into law and still protects faith based organizations from discrimination when accessing federal funding. Hasdorff has worked on pro-life, pro-family legislation. Terri also worked in the George W. Bush Administration as America’s faith-based representative to the world. Hasdorff graduated from Samford University.

Second Congressional District incumbent Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) is not running for another term.

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