The race for the United States Senate seat from Alabama has gotten pretty contentious this past week. The knives are out, and it’s about time.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made his presence felt by going after both Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) and former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville.
Sessions joined WVNN on Thursday to highlight his concerns with the other major contenders for his old Senate seat.
Sessions hit Byrne for abandoning the president only weeks before the general election against Hillary Clinton.
Sessions explained on “The Dale Jackson Show,” “Well it’s a huge mistake. It would have guaranteed the election to Hillary Clinton.”
Sessions wants voters to know that he was on stage with now-President Donald Trump wearing a red MAGA hat while “my own Congressman was saying he was unfit to be president and should resign.”
“That would have split the party and been a disaster of monumental proportions, so it is a big deal, I just have to say,” he added.
The attacks pointed towards Tuberville are far more pointed.
Sessions hammered him on his Florida residency, pointing out that Tuberville claimed his homestead exemption in Florida and has never voted in Alabama. He also pointed out that Tuberville did not donate a cent to the Trump campaign, while millions of average Americans did.
“He filed for homestead in Florida in 2018, and he hasn’t voted in Alabama. He voted in Florida in 2018, it appears. I’m not sure he even voted for President Trump, I’m not sure, he certainly didn’t give a contribution to the Trump campaign, he never once spoke out in favor of the Trump campaign. So, now he waltzes in tourist-like, I think it’s a fair word, to say now I want to be Alabama’s senator, and go up there and defend Alabama’s values.”
Sessions in the interview also hit Tuberville on immigration, vets and trade.
These are all fair arguments. Tuberville filed his homestead exemption, which you file on your primary residence in Florida in 2018. He paid his taxes there. He lived there and admitted to me that he moved here to run for U.S. Senate because he knew his name ID in the state would work.
Tuberville did talk about amnesty for illegals.
Tuberville did say he was blaming Trump for veterans’ health care.
Tuberville did say Trump was putting a noose around the neck of farmers.
The attacks show that Sessions knows he is in a dogfight for his former seat. He is not walking away with this like many thought he would. Polls indicate he is in first or second, so as this race continues to heat up, look for more attacks on his opponents’ records from Jeff Sessions.
Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN.