Alabama State Treasurer John McMillan has endorsed former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions in his bid to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Sessions faces former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville in the July 14 Republican primary runoff.
McMillan released a lengthy endorsement letter in which he cited Sessions’ experience.
“During these uncertain times and overwhelming challenges do Alabama Republicans really want to take a chance on sending an unvetted, journeyman football coach to face the Democrats?” McMillan said. “We have before us a tried and tested statesman with a lifetime of exemplary public service who can take on Jones in November and the Chuck Schumers in Washington.”
McMillan said that Alabama Republicans should make this decision by considering all the potential outcomes.
“One worst case scenario to consider is the possibility that President Trump does not win re-election,” McMillan said. “Without question, he will carry Alabama in November. Unfortunately, at present, the polling in other parts of the country and even in important swing states are not so favorable to the President. However, the President has defied the polls before and I hope, for the sake of our country, he does again. But I want to ask the question; what if he loses his re-election bid? Without President Trump to carry the conservative banner, do we really want an inexperienced football coach to carry the conservative fight against a liberal, socialist-leaning President Biden? Is the rookie candidate capable of standing on his own two feet without President Trump to hide behind? I don’t think so.”
“Another worst-case scenario would be to lose the GOP majority in the Senate,” McMillan said. “Recent polling seems to indicate that the possibility of losing this advantage in the Senate is growing stronger. Therefore, it is imperative that we elect the best candidate to retake Doug Jones’ senate seat.I believe a rookie is exactly who Doug Jones wants to run against in November because between Jeff Sessions and his opponent, the football coach is the weaker candidate.”
“As a Senate candidate, Sessions’ opponent has not been vetted,” McMillan said. “We don’t really know what his positions are on the issues. Further, in those areas where he has attempted to come up with position statements, his comments come across out of touch and empty.”
“In the general election, Doug Jones and the Democrats will exploit Coach’s lack of experience and conviction” McMillan said. “They will zero in on the Coach’s lack of knowledge about Alabama issues. And for certain, we will hear stories not only from Auburn, but also from further away places like Mississippi, Texas, and Ohio. Doug Jones and the democrats will leave no stone unturned to maintain this Senate seat.”
“Our nation is dealing with some of the most difficult times in our history, except perhaps the Civil War and the two World Wars,” McMillan said. “Coach often compares this race to a game, this is an important race and our future is at stake – this is no game, Coach. We need a Senator who knows this is not a game and understands the issues of today and has the courage to confront them. Jeff Sessions has shown that he is a man of unwavering courage and loyalty to Alabama and the United States of America.”
“I have watched Jeff Sessions since 1994, when he had the nerve to take on and win the Attorney General’s office in what appeared to be a long shot,” McMillan said. “He knew our State needed a choice and he stepped up. I hope President Trump wins in November and has two Senators from Alabama who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help him. Shelby and Sessions will be stalwarts for President Trump.”
McMillan said that Sessions’ stances are right in line with the vast majority of Alabamians on China, illegal immigration, the economy, law and order, judicial appointments and civil unrest.
“As we move toward July 14, do we really want to take a chance on possible “worst case” outcomes on a completely unknown GOP Senate candidate or stay with a “solid choice?” McMillan said. “I believe the prudent answer is to hang tough with a man who has been a friend to Alabama, understands state, national and global issues and can go toe-to-toe against the liberal agenda promoted by Doug Jones and the liberals in Washington.”
Tuberville received the most votes in the March 3 Republican primary and has had double-digit leads in polls for weeks; but the Sessions campaign claims that recent polling suggests that the race is narrowing just weeks ahead of the July 14th runoff.
Sessions has also been endorsed by State Senator Arthur Orr, Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner, Senator Richard Shelby, the NRA, the Alabama Forestry Association, the Alabama Christian Education Association, Michelle Malkin, and the Family Research Council, among others.
“Sessions’ positions are better on immigration reduction issues than Tuberville, per our candidate comparison,” a Numbers USA spokesman told the Alabama Political Reporter. Numbers USA does not make endorsements as it would affect their non-profit status.
Sessions was born in Wilcox County near Camden, graduated from Huntingdon College, has a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Attorney, Alabama Republican Party Chairman, Alabama Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney General. Sessions served in the Senate from 1997 to 2017.
John McMillan is from Bay Minette in Baldwin County. He served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, is a past President of the Alabama Forestry Association, and was Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries from 2011 to 2019. In 2018 McMillan was elected as Alabama State Treasurer.
Sewell: Confirming Barrett before the election would undermine Supreme Court’s legitimacy
“The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is clearly tainted by the hypocrisy of Senate Republicans to go back on their own promise,” Sewell said.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, said Saturday that President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court was tainted by hypocrisy and that confirming Barrett would undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court nomination by President Trump today, with the 2020 presidential election only 38 days away, denies the American people a voice in this very important decision,” Sewell said. “The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is clearly tainted by the hypocrisy of Senate Republicans to go back on their own promise not to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court so close to a presidential election.”
In 2016, Senate Republicans refused to give President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, a hearing or a vote to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland’s nomination came eight months before the 2016 presidential election. Republicans held out and Trump eventually filled Scalia’s seat with Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“This blatant power grab by Trump and Senate Republicans is especially disturbing given that the voting process has already begun with hundreds of thousands of voters having cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election,” Sewell said.
Democrats have largely coalesced around opposing Trump’s filling of Ginsburg’s seat. If approved, Barrett would tilt the court even further to the right, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Fairness and comity demand that the Senate not confirm any vacancy on the Supreme Court until the American people have chosen the next president,” Sewell concluded. “To do otherwise, I believe would undermine the very legitimacy of the Supreme Court.”
Before Barrett was nominated, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, said that he would not support any Trump nominee for the Supreme Court before the results of the Nov. 3 election are known.
“It is a poor reflection of the state of our national politics that, just hours after Justice Ginsburg’s passing, we were thrust into a divisive partisan fight over her successor, denying the nation the time to mourn this extraordinary American’s death,” Jones said. “Just weeks from a national election, we are confronting a blatant power grab by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the President that will undermine the court and subvert the will of the American people.”
At the time, four years ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during an election year, the Senate should let the American people decide before confirmed new justices. He’s reversed course, promising to give Barrett a vote.
“If confirming a Supreme Court justice ten months prior to a presidential election would have denied the American people a voice,” Jones said, “then isn’t he now denying the American people a voice by rushing to confirm a justice just weeks before a presidential election?”
“I believe the answer to this question is a resounding YES,” Jones continued. “This is especially true given the urgent legislative work we have yet to do. Leader McConnell should turn his focus instead to protecting the lives and livelihoods of the American people by bringing a new bipartisan COVID-19 relief package up for a vote. We also need to pass the National Defense Authorization Act to support our military. We need to pass our annual funding bills instead of kicking the can down the road with yet another costly continuing resolution. We need to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which has languished in this Senate, in order to protect the right of all Americans to vote and participate in our democracy.”
Jones said if Trump is re-elected, he will evaluate any pending or future nominee on their merits and vote for or against the nominee based solely on their qualifications.
Trump has already appointed Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Barack Obama appointed two nominees to the court during his eight-year term.
Jones also voted against Kavanaugh.
Sewell represents Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Sewell has no Republican general election opponent.
Sen. Doug Jones won’t support SCOTUS nominee before Nov. 3 election
“Certainly, power grabs are not uncommon in our political system, but few are accompanied by such blatant hypocrisy as we are witnessing now,” Jones said.
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Friday said he would not support any nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court before the outcome of the Nov. 3 election is determined.
Speaking during a livestreamed briefing, Jones said that while Republicans appear to have enough votes to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he will not be a party to denying the people a voice in the process in the election of the next president “in just under 44 days.”
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he plans to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg, who on Friday became the first woman, and first Jewish person, to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Several Republicans who voiced opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court more than 10 months before the 2016 election have reversed course, and now say they support Trump nominating a selection with election day just a little more than a month away.
“Certainly, power grabs are not uncommon in our political system, but few are accompanied by such blatant hypocrisy as we are witnessing now,” Jones said. “In fact, I believe that the level and intensity of hypocrisy being displayed by Senator McConnell and the president, with regard to the rush to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s successor, is unmatched in the history of our constitutional government.”
Jones said what McConnell and other Republicans should be focusing on instead is getting another round of much-needed COVID-19 aid to small businesses and people impacted by the pandemic.
“Rather than pushing this confirmation to the top of the Senate calendar, the majority leader should turn his focus instead to protecting the lives and livelihoods of the American people. We should pass a new bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus package to give Americans and businesses the relief that they desperately need, and that economists say if required to shore up the economy now,” Jones said.
Jones expressed concern as well for what medical experts are warning could be a new spike in COVID-19 nationwide.
“There could be an even greater urgency, if our health care professionals’ warnings come to pass,” Jones said. “And that is as temperature drops and people go indoors that this virus spikes, and we see another surge.”
Asked why his opponent, Tommy Tuberville, won’t debate Jones, he said, “It’s pretty simple. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
“He has no clue. He is Coach Clueless,” Jones said.
Jones noted that when asked recently on his thoughts on extending the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020, Tuberville stumbled through an answer that indicated he wasn’t sure what the Voting Rights Act was.
“He had no earthly idea,” Jones said.
Jones said Tuberville isn’t going to debate him because Tuberville doesn’t want to talk about issues.
“He doesn’t want to talk about a plan. His plan is simply this: Whatever Donald Trump says, I’m good,” Jones said, “and if Donald Trump says or does something that is not good, it’s crickets coming from Coach Tuberville.”
Jones noted that after multiple news outlets, including Fox News, confirmed reporting that Trump had said disparaging things about veterans who died in combat, Tuberville has not spoken out against Trump’s comments.
Jennifer Griffin, senior national security correspondent for Fox News, reported that she has spoken to senior U.S. officials who backed up reporting by The Atlantic, and said Trump said of the Vietnam War “anyone who went was a sucker.”
“He has not said a thing about what was confirmed by Fox News about the president’s comment,” Jones said of Tuberville. “That’s just disgraceful.”
Merrill gives guidance on straight party, write-in voting
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill issued guidance Wednesday on straight party and write-in voting.
“Voters who wish to vote straight party for all of the Democratic or Republican candidates on their ballot may do so by filling in the bubble next to their party preference at the top of their ballot,” Merrill explained in a statement.
“If a voter wishes to vote for any candidate outside of the selected party, however, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the preferred candidate’s name. In doing so, the candidate(s) voted on outside of the voter’s designated party ballot will receive the vote for that particular race.
“In addition, if a voter wishes to write-in a candidate, he or she may do so by filling in the bubble next to the box marked ‘Write-in’ and then printing the name of the preferred candidate on the designated line.
“Write-in votes must be hand-written and not stamped or otherwise artificially applied to the ballot.”
Sample ballots for the Nov. 3 general election are available online.
Opinion | For Coach Tub, no thinking required
Has Tommy Tuberville ever had an original thought? It doesn’t sound like it. Coach Tub basically spews Republican talking points and keeps his mouth firmly locked onto Donald Trump. He disrespects Alabama voters so much that he thinks that’s all he needs to do to win a place in the U.S. Senate.
Tuberville recently addressed the St. Clair County Republican Party at its September meeting. As reported by APR, Tuberville is quoted as saying the following, and I’ll offer a short rebuttal. I’m doing this because Tuberville is clearly afraid to death to debate his opponent, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.
So here goes:
Tuberville: “America is about capitalism, not socialism. I think we are going to decide which direction we are going to go in the next few years.”
Me: We decided which way we were going to go years ago, when the federal government started subsidies for oil and gas companies, farmers and other big industry and business. That, coach, is your so-called “socialism.”
I’m not necessarily opposed to subsidies to boost business, depending on the cause, but I’m not going to let a dimwitted, know-nothing, mediocre, former football coach pretend we don’t already have “socialism” in this country.
What Tuberville really means is that he’s against “socialism” like Medicare or Medicaid or Social Security or food assistance or health insurance. He’s a millionaire already, so there’s no need for him have empathy for or support a safety net for people who are less fortunate socially and economically. That’s Tuberville’s “socialism,” and the Republican Party’s “socialism,” and Trump’s “socialism.”
That’s a cruel, mean perspective that would cast aside the great majority of Americans for the rich (Tuberville, Trump) and connected and, where Trump is concerned, the fawning.
Tuberville: “I am not a Common Core guy. I believe in regular math. We need to get back to teaching history.”
Me: I would love to ask Coach Tubby, one-on-one, exactly what he thinks “Common Core” is. I’ll guarantee you he can’t explain more than he already has. “I believe in regular math?” There is no other math. It’s math. Does he think there’s a math where 1+1=3? There isn’t one. There are a variety of ways to teach math, but there’s only math, not a “fake” math or a “Republican” math or a “Democratic” math or, God forbid, a “Socialist” math.
And when Coach Tommy said, “We need to get back to teaching history,” one wonders if he’s ever been into a classroom. We know more than a few of his former players weren’t in many classrooms, if reports are correct. But they always played the game under his uninspired coaching.
Of course schools teach history.
The history Coach T. is talking about is Donald Trump’s “white” history, the one we’ve been teaching in our schools forever. Not real history; you know, the one where the United States was founded as a slave-holding nation, where Native Americans were massacred and starved by the hundreds of thousands, where white supremacy was codified within our laws, where any color but white was subjugated. That history. The history that is finally fading away, so we can really see where we’ve been as a nation—so we know where, as a nation, we need to go.
Tuberville: Tuberville said he supports following the Constitution and appointing a replacement for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.
Me: Well, of course he does. Tuberville doesn’t have an independent thought in his body, and Donnie told him this is what he’s supposed to think. The big question: How much will a Senator Tuberville be able to function as a member of a minority party in the Senate — with no Papa Trump in the White House to tell him what to do?
Both scenarios are real possibilities, if not likelihoods.
There is no question that Doug Jones is far more qualified than Tuberville. Jones can work across the aisle, which will be vitally important if Democrats take control of the Senate. Jones has his own thoughts, which sometimes go against the Democratic Party’s wishes. Jones is independent, smart and represents Alabama well.
Tuberville is a failed football coach who lives in Florida. That’s about it.