Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday publicly floated the idea of getting Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take his old Senate seat, as Republicans continue to seek alternatives to Judge Roy Moore.
McConnell made the comments to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council while talking about who could mount a successful write-in campaign like Sen. Lisa Murkowski did in Alaska in 2010. McConnell said she was popular in the state and was universally well-known, qualities that Sessions has in Alabama.
“The name being most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general,” McConnell said. “He’s totally well-known and is extremely popular in Alabama.”
“That obviously would be a big move for him and for the president,” McConnell said. He said President Trump is discussing what to do in the Alabama race “in great detail” as he wraps up his Asia trip.
McConnell conceded that he isn’t sure Sessions would come back after leaving earlier this year to take over as head of the Department of Justice. Some reports were already saying Monday that Sessions had no interest.
“We don’t know, but he fits the mold of somebody who might be able to … in the same way Lisa was able to do it in 2010,” McConnell said.
SOURCE: Al Weaver