Sessions' Next Job: Maybe His Old One?

Newly fired attorney general might run for former Senate seat in Alabama
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2018 2:11 PM CST
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Jeff Sessions: Will he try to return to the Senate?   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(Newser) – Jeff Sessions may be out of a job as attorney general, but this week's resignation means that he could run again for his former Senate seat in Alabama. Politico quotes two sources saying that Sessions is considering a run against incumbent Democrat Doug Jones in 2020, and CNN's Jake Tapper similarly reports that Sessions is "taking a serious look" at the race. Sessions held the seat for two decades before leaving to lead Trump's Justice Department, and his entry into the race would seemingly give Republicans a decent chance of flipping the seat back to the party. Jones is seen as particularly vulnerable in the red state.

The man temporarily appointed to fill Sessions' seat until Jones was sworn in, Luther Strange, is all for it. “Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!” he tweeted. Politico, however, points out that Sessions isn't a cinch to win the GOP nomination should he choose to run, given President Trump's relentless attacks on him. At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey adds this: "Having him back in the Senate might turn into a headache for President Trump at some point, but first Trump has to win re-election, and it might not be bad for Trump to reconcile with Sessions ahead of that campaign to heal a few wounds." (After the special election to fill Sessions' seat, Trump issued an I-told-you-so tweet.)

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