Alabama We’re Watching and Listening

Alabama Special Senate Election 2017A special election for the United States Senate in Alabama is scheduled for tomorrow, December 12, 2017, to fill a vacancy in the Senate arising from the resignation on February 8, 2017, of Jeff Sessions, to serve as U.S. Attorney General. The winner of this election will fill the seat for the remainder of Sessions‘ term, due to end on January 3, 2021. Read more at Wikipedia

Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn’t vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore. The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate. He went on to say that he has no reason not to believe the women who have come forward, adding that where there’s “a lot of smoke, there’s got to be some fire somewhere.” Asked about Trump’s support of Moore in the same CNN interview on Sunday, Shelby said, “I do believe the Republicans can do better.” If Moore is elected, Shelby said, “the Senate … will have to seat him, and we’ll see what happens after that.” He added that an ethics review on Moore if he is elected, is “already being contemplated.” “The Senate has to look at who’s fit to serve in the Senate,” he said.

It is ironic that most polls show Moore with an average advantage of 3.5 points given that Congressional leaders are struggling to get ahead of the wave of sexual harassment allegations that are engulfing their institution. A Poll Is Not a Vote provides further insight.

Alabama, we are watching and listening.

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One Response to Alabama We’re Watching and Listening

  1. David Mills says:

    The polls will close shortly. I think this election has a lot to say about the state of our union, which is a topic I have addressed here over the last two years. These articles today are relevant. The first from the New Yorker about the absence of Roy Moore from the campaign trail.
    The second is a report out today about the relative health of the fifty states.
    Given the second article’s findings, the election may not be a leading indicator but it is definitely an important indicator. We are watching and listening.


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