Ala. should fare well un­der Pres­i­dent Trump

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his 11 years on the fed­eral bench he has ren­dered a ster­ling con­ser­va­tive record.

Pryor and Ses­sions have amaz­ingly sim­i­lar back­grounds. Both call Mo­bile their na­tive home. Both were At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Alabama. Both have im­pec­ca­ble arch con­ser­va­tive philoso­phies and pedi­grees. They are kin­dred spir­its and good friends. That is prob­a­bly why Pryor is on Trump’s short list for the High Court.

Most of the fron­trun­ners to win the open Ses­sions Se­nate seat have avoided Bent­ley’s ap­point­ment. So how is the race shak­ing out to fill the Ses­sions’ seat? The fron­trun­ner out of the gate is At­tor­ney Gen­eral Luther Strange. Big Luther has run three suc­cess­ful statewide races and is sit­ting on over 50 per­cent statewide name recog­ni­tion. Fur­ther­more, he is ded­i­cated to run­ning and has been for 20 years. He spent the first 20 years of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer lob­by­ing in Washington for Sonat. He came home 20 years ago to run for a sec­ondary statewide of­fice and lay the ground­work to get back to Washington as a U.S. Se­na­tor. He has been bid­ing his time for his bud­dies Ses­sions and Shelby to re­tire or move on. When Ses­sions’ ap­point­ment be­came im­mi­nent, Big Luther hit the ground run­ning and has been rais­ing money for 2018 for two months.

The other statewide elected of­fi­cials will prob­a­bly not join the 2018 Se­nate fray. Sec­re­tary of State John Mer­rill has a good fu­ture. He is 53 and will prob­a­bly run for re­elec­tion or maybe Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor.

PSC Pres­i­dent Twin­kle Ca­vanaugh will prob­a­bly run for Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor or maybe Gov­er­nor. It is un­cer­tain what State Trea­surer Young Boozer will do. How­ever, his ten­ta­tive­ness has prob­a­bly left him out of the Se­nate race.

Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner John McMil­lan is run­ning for Gov­er­nor. State Au­di­tor Jim Ziegler will run for Gov­er­nor, At­tor­ney Gen­eral or re­elec­tion. Roy Moore is the fa­vorite to win the 2018 Gov­er­nor’s Race.

Con­gress­man Robert Ader­holt would be the best qual­i­fied to run and suc­ceed Ses­sions.

He and Ses­sions went to Washington to­gether 20 years ago. How­ever, his 20 years of se­nior­ity in the House has placed him in a pow­er­ful con­gres­sional lead­er­ship po­si­tion. He is poised to be Chair­man of the U.S. House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee. His move to be­ing a fresh­man Se­na­tor would be a lat­eral move. Alabama and his dis­trict would be best served by his stay­ing in the House.

Mo­bile and Bald­win County folks be­lieve that they de­serve the Se­nate seat since Ses­sions is a Mo­bil­ian. There are three po­ten­tial can­di­dates from the Port City/Gulf Coast Re­gion. For­mer Con­gress­man Jo Bon­ner is not go­ing to run. Cur­rent Con­gress­man Bradley Byrne would have the best chance to win among all the po­ten­tial Mo­bile can­di­dates. He was al­most elected Gov­er­nor. How­ever, Byrne is prob­a­bly not go­ing to leave his safe con­gres­sional seat. He likes it and is good at it. State Se­na­tor Trip Pittman from Bald­win County is in the race and is run­ning hard. If he con­tin­ues to be the only ma­jor horse from that area in the race and it be­comes a crowded field he may be in a runoff.

Speak­ing of re­gion­al­ism, look at a horse from Huntsville to en­ter the race. If there is one pri­mary can­di­date from the Ten­nessee Val­ley they will be a player.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Bat­tle may pivot and move from the Gov­er­nor’s race to the Se­nate. Folks in that area have al­ways been more in­ter­ested in na­tional politics than state politics be­cause of the Red­stone Ar­se­nal.

State Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Del Marsh of An­nis­ton seems very in­ter­ested in this open U.S. Se­nate seat. He has sought the Bent­ley ap­point­ment. How­ever, be­ing a pow­er­ful state se­na­tor does not trans­late into statewide name iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Steve Flow­ers is Alabama’s lead­ing po­lit­i­cal colum­nist. His weekly col­umn ap­pears in over 60 Alabama news­pa­pers. He served 16 years in the state leg­is­la­ture. Steve may be reached at www.steve­flow­ers. us.

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