AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that there is no finer choice for Attorney General by any U.S. President than Jefferson B. Sessions.
Sessions, who was the first sitting U.S. Senator to endorse Trump and who led President-Elect Donald Trump’ National Security Committee since March was picked by the president-elect to serve as Attorney General.
Sessions, a U.S. Senator from Alabama has held that position since 1997. He was also the Attorney General in Alabama from 1995 to 1997. Back in 1985, he was nominated to the U.S. District Court in Alabama, but was not confirmed after former colleagues accused him of making racist comments.
Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill said that it benefits the state greatly to have someone like Sessions who is unmatched in integrity and credibility serve as Attorney General.
“It raises our profile for the people who are residents of our state being able to recognize that one of our own has achieved one of the highest offices in the land, as the chief law enforcement officer the United States of America in the position of Attorney General,” Secretary of State Merrill said.
Sessions would be unable to serve as Attorney General and U.S. Senator. Therefore, the next step would be for him to resign from his senate seat, and Governor Robert Bentley would appoint someone to fill the seat temporarily, and then a special election would be called.
Secretary of State Merrill said that there are dozens of people who have indicated their interest in the seat.
Auburn University Political Science professor, Steven Brown said that this is a big honor for the state, but does come with issues.
“Sometimes, your most effective advocate may not be right by your side and might be in the Senate,” Brown said. “There’s a good bit of things that President Elect Trump will want to accomplish. He’ll need some help in the Senate to do that. Sessions, who has been so loyal now by his side, as opposed in the senate spearheading some of this stuff, I think he needs to think carefully about where he wants that influence to be.”
Both Secretary of State Merrill and Brown believe that Sessions’ successor has big shoes to fill.