Byrne contemplates Senate run, possibly vs. Sessions

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MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — Congressman Bradley Byrne says he will continue to explore a run for U.S Senate, even if former Attorney General Jeff Sessions decides to run for the seat. Sessions resigned Wednesday at the request of President Trump.

“He has some decisions to make about his life and his career,” Byrne said about Sessions. “It’s too early to say whether it’s a possibility but it doesn’t affect what I’m doing – going around the state and talking to people about whether we should run in 2020.”

Byrne was just re-elected to Congress last night but is already eying a run against Democrat Doug Jones.

Byrne, a one time critic of candidate Trump, has been fully supportive of President Trump.

“President Trump has got a great relationship with the state of Alabama,” Byrne said. “He’s very popular.”

That could make for a compelling all Lower Alabama Republican primary in March of 2020, featuring 
pro-Trump Byrne, against an extremely super popular Sessions who was ousted by the president.

“Let’s just waits and see what happens,” said Byrne.

Byrne says Sessions did a good job as Attorney General but that it was probably time for him to go.

“The President gets to pick who he wants in his cabinet and and we should all honor that,” Byrne said.

Sessions held the senate seat now occupied by Jones from 1997-2017, resigning to take the Attorney General position. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election last year. Had he not taken the job, Sessions would be 9th in seniority in the Senate. If he were to run and win in 2020, Sessions would not regain his seniority under Senate rules. Seniority is used to determine committee assignments and chairmanship.

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