Dale Jackson: Looks like Rep. Byrne is running for US Senate; Likely not to face another sitting congressman
Alabama Republicans are licking their chops over the chance to beat Alabama’s junior Senator in 2020. The math doesn’t favor Jones and Democrats hanging onto that seat, and his vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh made retaining even more unlikely.
The list of who will run against Jones reads like a who’s who of Alabama politics and could include congressmen, State senators and State representatives, statewide elected officials, business leaders and maybe even a blast from the past former Alabama senator/former U.S. attorney general.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) is obviously considering a run for this seat. He went on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” on Tuesday and said that Jones is beatable, adding that he thinks he is someone who can take him out.
“I think Doug Jones is imminently beatable, but we proved last year that you can’t beat Doug Jones with just any Republican,” Byrne shared. “We need to pick the right Republican. And I’m going around asking people am I the right Republican and the response we are getting from the vast majority of people is, ‘Yes, you are the right Republican to knock Doug Jones off in 2020.'”
Jackson asked Byrne if Alabama’s Republican congressmen will face each other in a primary for the Republican nomination, which Byrne said he doesn’t expect to happen.
“No, sir,” Byrne stated. “I think we’ve already picked one.”
Byrne also heavily implied that he does not expect former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enter the race.
“I think the truth of the matter is he doesn’t know what he wants to do. It’s too soon, and I think we all need to understand that. But, I’ve been very clear with him that I’m continuing to do what I thought he was going to do month ago, and he’s not said anything to me about, ‘Oh no, Bradley, don’t do that. I may run,’ so I said, ‘Senator, I’m continuing to do what I’m doing,’ so that’s what I’m continuing to do.
It is almost two years until this election takes place, but this kind of talk from a sitting United State congressman makes it clear that Bradley Byrne won’t be waiting to officially enter this race to take on Senator Doug Jones.