ALGOP chair Terry Lathan on Jones running for re-election: ‘There is a deep hunger in our state to win this seat back’
After Yellowhammer News broke the news Wednesday that Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) will run for re-election in 2020, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan expressed the party’s enthusiasm for winning the Senate seat back.
In a statement to Yellowhammer News, Lathan reminded Alabamians of Jones’ comments about voting against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Lathan said, “When Senator Jones was asked by CNN if he believed a majority of Alabamians supported the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, the senator responded, ‘It may be, but I don’t think that that’s the be all to end all, because I’m the one who spent all the time and hours, literally hundreds of hours, going through his record, looking at all of this.'”
“The depth of arrogance that Senator Jones displayed by thumbing his nose at the will of the majority of Alabamians was shocking. There is a deep hunger in our state to win this seat back, and when we do it will definitely be the ‘end all to be all’ of a true liberal speaking for a conservative state,” she added.
If former U.S. Attorney General and Senator Jeff Sessions does not run to reclaim his old seat, observers expect a crowded Republican primary will determine who faces Jones in 2020.
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn