The Jury Talks Back

2/9/2017

Replacement for Sessions in Senate is Strange

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:15 am

Luther Strange, that is. The announcement comes in this press release from the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley:

Governor Robert Bentley announced on Thursday the appointment of Luther Strange to Alabama U.S. Senator. Strange will fill the Senate seat vacated by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions who was confirmed Wednesday night to serve as United States Attorney General. Previous to the appointment, Strange served as Alabama’s Attorney General, first elected to office in 2011.

“This is truly a remarkable time in our state’s history,” said Governor Bentley. “Alabama has surely been well represented by Senator Sessions, and I am confident Senator Strange will serve as a fine representative for our people. His leadership on a national level, service as a statewide elected official and long record of taking on tough federal issues are the very qualities that will make him a strong conservative Senator for Alabama.”

. . . .

“I am greatly honored and humbled to accept the appointment to Alabama’s Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions,” said Attorney General Luther Strange. “Senator Sessions’ commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill. I pledge to the people of Alabama to continue the same level of leadership as Jeff Sessions in consistently fighting to protect and advance the conservative values we all care about.”

The announcement says: “The Special election for the U.S. Senate seat will take place in 2018.” In an interesting twist, DecisionDeskHQ explains, the Governor “is currently in the middle of a personal scandal” — and Strange “appears to be investigating the Governor.” The Governor will now be able to name Strange’s replacement as Alabama Attorney General.

Strange.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

3 Comments »

  1. Hrmmm.

    The way this looks, based on what little I know, is that the governor is getting Strange off his case by kicking him upstairs and naming his replacement. That smells.

    On the other hand, it speaks very well of Strange that he’s investigating a governor of his own party.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 2/9/2017 @ 11:22 am

  2. It really does smell.

    I’m torn on Strange, though; while I think it speaks well of him that he’s investigating a governor of his own party, I also think that under these circumstances (the Governor he is investigating will now get to appoint a new person to oversee the investigation), Strange had a moral duty to decline the appointment.

    Comment by aphrael — 2/9/2017 @ 4:39 pm

  3. It;s deja vu all over again. One of the earliest indications to the general public that Obama may not be the reformer he promised to be was when his former buddies in the Illinois State Senate, Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich, tried to turn naming a replacement for Obama’s US Senate seat into a bidding war for his campaign fund. Governor Bentley’s actions smack of the same abuse of office by an ally of a recently elected President.

    Blago ended up in federal prison, as did the politician who wanted to buy the US Senate seat, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. It seems Obama understood the threat to his own image and his Justice department acted accordingly. Will Bwntley be held as responsible bu the new AG? Or will the swamp Trump promised to drain become a cesspit? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Comment by NC Mountain Girl — 2/9/2017 @ 6:07 pm

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