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Friday, February 3, 2017
Strange, Aderholt on Bentley’s U.S. Senate short list, Orr not By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau Feb 3, 2017
Blogger Comments: It isn't Strange at all that Governor Bentley chose Aderholt and Strange as the candidates for Jeff Sessions seat. We will be very surprised if Strange isn't the pick for the U.S. Senate seat. This may be one of those I scratched your back now you scratch mine. If you recall State Attorney General Luther Strange dropped the pending impeachment hearings Representative Ed Henry brought for against the Governor. The question is are both State Attorney General Luther Strange and Governor Bentley under investigation?
If you want to drain the Alabama swamp it doesn't start or end with the Morgan County, Alabama Sheriff Ana Franklin. Corruption across the State of Alabama is far reach.
MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has narrowed his list of potential picks to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the likely next U.S. attorney general, but a Decatur lawmaker didn't make the cut.
Bentley’s office said Thursday the six candidates for appointment to the U.S. Senate are, in alphabetical order:
• U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville;
• Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and former Prattville mayor;
• Former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., of Montgomery;
• State Sen. Del Marsh, of Anniston;
• State Rep. Connie Rowe, of Jasper;
• Attorney General Luther Strange.
Bentley in late December and early January interviewed 20 Republicans for the job, including state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville. The Decatur City Council and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce board last month passed resolutions supporting Orr for the seat.
"This is truly a remarkable time in the history of our state,” Bentley said Thursday. “It is always my honor to serve as governor, and the last two months have allowed our state to play an integral part in our nation's history.
“We are proud that Sen. Sessions was chosen by President Trump to serve as U.S Attorney General. In the likely event Sen. Sessions is confirmed, Alabama can rest assured we will be served by another fine senator.”
Strange already has said he will seek election to the post in 2018. The possibility that he could be Bentley’s pick has raised some eyebrows because Strange in November told a House committee to stop its impeachment investigation of Bentley. He said his office was doing “related work.” His office has refused comment on that work. Bentley has said he doesn’t know of an investigation by the attorney general.
Bentley spokeswoman Yasamie August said the governor hasn’t commented about individual candidates, but that all — including Strange — were well-qualified for the job.
Bentley has said his pick will be someone who gets along well with the Trump administration. Whomever Bentley picks will have to run for the seat in a special election next year.