With the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as the new U.S. Attorney General on Feb. 8, the big question in Alabama was whom Gov. Robert Bentley would appoint to fill the vacant Senate seat. As Jeff Sessions was sworn in as the Attorney General on Feb. 9, Gov. Bentley announced Luther Strange, Alabama’s Attorney General, would represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Luther was on the short list to fill the Senate Seat, so the announcement came as little surprise. However, it was not without controversy.
Luther has announced that he will seek reelection. Some political observers believe he will be the favorite in the race. However, I believe there will be several strong candidates getting into this race. Whether Luther will be the favorite remains to be seen. Ignoring any suggestion of impropriety, upon his appointment Luther pledged to focus on representing the people of Alabama. There is a question as to when the special election will be held. Stay tuned on that question and related matters.
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