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STEVE FLOWERS: Handicapping the 2020 U.S. Senate race (opinion)


Steve Flowers served 16 years in the state Legislature. Reach him

MONTGOMERY — The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate Seat held by Sen. Jeff Sessions for almost two decades. He unwittingly made a strange and probably regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as attorney general. Few U.S. senators with 20 years seniority would leave their permanent seats in the illustrious, powerful and elite United States Senate for a temporary four years at best tenure in a tumultuous and transient cabinet post.  

Trump is tempestuous at the least and still likes to think of himself as the host of his TV reality show, The Apprentice, who famously says, “You’re fired!” Trump has recently tweeted that Sessions appointment as attorney general was the most regrettable appointment that he has made. You can more than likely ascertain that Jeff Sessions feels the same way about his decision to leave his safe Senate seat for a shot as Trump’s attorney general. However, you could safely bet that the reserved, squeaky clean, Dudley-Do-Right, Eagle Scout Sessions will not do any tweeting, or betting, on anything, much less his Trump controversy.