A new poll released by the company Cygnal on Tuesday found that former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville is leading former Attorney General Jeff Sessions by 12 points among likely GOP primary voters heading into the upcoming runoff election. The poll was conducted on March 6-8 and surveyed 645 likely GOP primary voters. The official numbers show Tuberville with 52% support and Sessions with 40% support.
“Starting at a 12-point deficit is going to be a big hurdle for Sessions to get over, especially if he continues to draw the ire – and tweets – of the President,” said Chris Kratzer, Cygnal’s VP of Research and Analysis.
Tuberville lead the popular vote in the official March 3 primary at 33% with Sessions trailing behind him by 1.74 points.
Tuberville’s substantial lead over Sessions in the poll could potentially be attributed to Sessions’ former boss weighing in on Twitter.
“This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!” President Trump tweeted after discovering that Sessions fell short of a majority to win the AL GOP primary.
“Jeff Sessions’ unfavorability has continued to increase among GOP Primary voters over the course of the primary season,” said Brent Buchanan, Cygnal’s CEO & Founder. “Now that Trump has gotten involved, it’s unlikely the former attorney general will be able to overcome the gap in how voters see Tuberville’s as more strongly favorable. Trump may not be able to pull a candidate across the finish line, but he sure can keep a candidate from getting there first.”
The runoff will be held on March 31, 2020.
Somewhere along the line, in the crazy world of democratic politics, there arose this rather delusional idea that government was inherently dysfunctional and corrupt and that the only way to fix these malignancies was to elect people to high public office that have no experience in politics or public service. The idea was that someone in ‘the system’ must obviously be part of the problem (aka “The Swamp”), therefore only voting for an “outsider” became the panacea for all of the governments’ ills.
It’s kind of like saying that the entire medical profession is steeped in dysfunction and corruption, so the only thing that makes sense is to hire, say, the landscaper to perform your emergency gallbladder surgery. I mean, one uses a scalpel and the other uses pruning shears… close enough? What could possibly go wrong?
Well, America is starting to find out why competence and experience matter in government. For example, just look at Trump’s chaotic and impotent response to the coronavirus crisis. It would only be laughable if people weren’t dying or the virus spreading like wildfire. Trump truly has no idea what to do and it’s painfully obvious. “I’m not concerned at all”, he bloviates. Trump is terrified at what the pandemic is doing to global markets and supply chains, so he thinks that downplaying or ignoring the global crisis will make it somehow disappear. As the stock market plummets and shortages of virus testing supplies become apparent, Trump responds, “No, we’ve done a great job with it.”
Or, as they say in the South, “Hold my beer, watch this…”
In Alabama, we’ve seen this phenomenon with the likes of State Auditor Jim Ziegler who seems to worry more about making headline news for his ridiculous comments than doing the job for which he was elected. It must have been downright euphoric for Ziegler when he got his thirty seconds of national attention for making disparaging remarks regarding U.S. Senator Krysten Sinema’s attire in a Facebook post. Such righteous indignation and courage! All in a day’s work for an Alabama Republican state auditor, right?
Of course, the latest Don Quixote “outsider” would be an ex-Auburn football coach and Republican Senate hopeful, Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville’s entire campaign is built on the idea of being an “outsider” that can fix Washington and his bizarre, unrepentant, and pathologically zealous love of Trump. The Uber-Conservative Tuberville has even said that he believes Trump was delivered to us by God. Of course, it may have slipped his mind that God once delivered us plagues of locusts, famine, and one very memorable flood, as well.
Regardless, the point is that Tuberville is now in a GOP primary run-off with former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, even though Tuberville has no substantive platform or solid policy ideas. The main talking point on his campaign website is that he has no experience in government or politics whatsoever, which is a huge selling point to many extremist conservative Republicans. Republicans eat this stuff up because President Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. ” Well, Reagan made his tongue-in-cheek point, but he probably didn’t think it was going to lead to buffoons, like the Trumps and the Tuberville’s of the world, seeking elected government office.
“Outsiders” aren’t going to save our democracy. Voters will when they begin to hold public officials accountable for incompetence and malfeasance. It might also behoove voters to spend a little more time actually learning about the issues instead of blindly voting along partisan lines as they root for their sports team. “Outsiders” won’t make our government-run better, but more people participating in elections, running for office, and caring about civic issues would certainly start to turn things around.
It’s time to stop voting for clueless, self-dealing, braggadocious “Outsiders” and, instead, vote for people who are competent, ethical, and have a solid resume in public service. We’ve seen the damage that “Outsiders” like Trump can wreak on government norms and institutions. It’s time to vote for what matters: ethics, experience, and competence.
For those wondering who Donald Trump may be pulling for in the runoff election, you can look no further than an early morning tweet from the President.
Trump sent out the following tweet that references Sessions’ time serving as Attorney General for Trump: “This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!”
Both Tuberville and Sessions have made their campaign about their love and support for the President.
The runoff election will be held on March 31, 2020, with the winner facing Doug Jones in November.
During an interview on WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” on Thursday, Jeff Sessions voiced his support for President Trump’s hawkish negotiating tactics with China in attempts to forge a trade deal. Tariffs have been the President’s weapon of choice in these negotiations. Sessions attacked Tommy Tuberville for being a “100% free trader.”
“[China] has got to come to the table,” he said.
“You have got to use tariffs to bring them to the table. And if we bring them to the table, we’ll be able to begin a real historic change in their behavior and help American manufacturing. That’s one of the reasons I’m running. Both the border and this need to be done within a year or two of taking office.”
“And I’ve got to say — Tommy Tuberville said he is a 100% free trader,” Sessions added.
“He said he opposes tariffs. And he even said he didn’t agree with Trump’s China policy. This is cutting his legs out from under him, making it harder for him to negotiate. The last thing we need to be doing is undermining President Trump’s negotiating position. We’re going to win that negotiation, I’m telling you. And we’re going to make this situation better with China, and we’re going to keep winning in the future.”
Tuberville has stated, ” “I’m 100% free trade,” and he has said that the President’s tariffs have been a “noose” around the necks of Alabama farmers. Though Tuberville is still marketing himself as an all-in Trump supporter.
The Alabama GOP primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3.
Liz Cheney, the Republican Rep. from Wyoming, House Republican Conference Chair, and daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, has announced she is endorsing Bradley Byrne in the Alabama Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Cheney wrote on Twitter, “I am proud to be supporting @BradleyByrne in the #ALSenateRace. Bradley is a proven conservative fighter and steadfast supporter of @realDonaldTrump. There is no stronger member of Congress and he will be an amazing Senator. Time to fire Doug Jones and elect Bradley Byrne!”
The Alabama Republican primary is March 3, 2020.
In a new poll released by Club for Growth Action, the Federal Super PAC associated with the conservative Club for Growth, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has taken the lead as the GOP front-runner to take on Democratic incumbent Doug Jones.
The GOP primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3.
A new poll released on Thursday by Club for Growth Action, a super PAC associated with the conservative Club for Growth found that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is still the front-runner to take on Democratic incumbent Doug Jones in November. The poll found that 34% of likely Republican primary voters support Sessions followed by 29% who support former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and 17% who support Congressman Bradley Byrne.
WPA Intelligence, the organization that performed the polling on behalf of Club for Growth Action released a memo that stated, “If the election were held today, Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville would advance to a run-off.”
On Friday, Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions campaign released an ad titled, “Democrats Fear Trump.” According to the campaign, the 60-second ad will run on radio stations across the state of Alabama for at least two weeks.
“The Washington Democrats hate President Trump, we all know that,” Sessions says. “But did you know that secretly, they fear Trump even more than they hate him? Let me explain.”
“President Trump is bypassing the liberal media and assembling a new majority of Americans, and the blame-America-first Democrats in Washington are terrified,” he continues. “I’m Jeff Sessions and I traveled all over the country with Trump, I’ve seen it first-hand.”
“Independent voters, and even many Democrats, realize that President Trump is right. He’s right about stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders, he’s right about forcing trade deals that favor American workers, and Trump’s right about killing terrorists but also about making sure we are not in endless wars,” Sessions outlines.
“Trump is delivering on these common-sense pro-American policies that can bring our country together. … I’m committed to helping President Trump. I know we can destroy the radical left’s socialist dreams. Let’s roll,” he concludes.
The Republican Primary will be held on March 3, 2020.
During a Saturday appearance at the Tennessee Valley Republican Club, former Attorney General and GOP Senate candidate Jeff Sessions pitched himself as “the North Alabama candidate”.
“I said last night to the Young Republicans, I’m the North Alabama candidate,” Sessions said. “I’m the one that knows all about this place. I served on the Armed Service Committee 20 years. I chaired strategic subcommittees – missiles, THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] – all the programs. We worked with Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon – all of these great companies that are here. I knew them. I knew the developments of how it happened. I remember the United Launch Alliance with Boeing in Decatur – the biggest industrial development in the country that year.”
Sessions stressed the importance of Madison County to Alabama’s economy and to the federal government.
“I just want to tell you that nobody understands the importance – no Senator can fail to understand the importance of this area to Alabama, the whole state, the whole region to the United States,” he said.
“I consider the moving of 4,000 people here – I consider that a draining of the Swamp,” Sessions said to a round of applause, noting the cost of a GS-15 federal employee in Washington, D.C. was $10,000 a year more than it was in Huntsville.
Senator Doug Jones has faced an enormous backlash from conservatives for his votes to convict President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He’s been attacked by Terry Lathan, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party and by his GOP Senate rivals. Now, Jones is facing an attack from the President himself.
On Sunday, President Trump tweeted, “So good to see that Republicans will be winning the Great State of Alabama Senate seat back, now that lightweight Senator @DougJones cast a partisan vote for the Impeachment Hoax. Thought his boss, Cryin’ Chuck, would have forced him to vote against the Hoax. A Do Nothing Stiff!”
Jones has defended his vote to convict the President as “the right thing to do,” and he said that the President’s actions were “wrong on so many levels”.