• Keyden Smith-Herold

Jeff Sessions Should Take His Senate Seat Back to Prevent Roy Moore from Being Elected

Jeff Sessions waving after a meeting with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Disgraced Alabama Republican Roy Moore recently announced that he is once again running for the U.S. Senate against Doug Jones, the new incumbent Democrat. Moore lost to Jones during the 2018 U.S. Senate special election largely due to sexual misconduct allegations.

President Trump tweeted opposition to Moore, stating that “Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating.'' His son Don Jr. also boldly expressed that “I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley declared that Moore “does not represent our Republican Party”. More opposition to Moore came from Republican Senators, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stating that “We'll be opposing Roy Moore vigorously”. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) said “Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men.”

Moore stated at his campaign announcement: “Why is there such a fear, such an anger, why such a hatred, an opposition to somebody running? The mere mention of my name causes people to get up in arms in Washington, DC. Is it because I’m a staunch conservative? Is it because I believe in God, in marriage, morality in our country? Is it because I believe in the right of the baby in the womb to have a life?”

This is a ridiculous sentiment. There is such fierce opposition to Moore not because he holds conservative values, but because nine women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against them when they were teenagers or young women.

Yes, every man and woman in this country is innocent until proven guilty. However, the great people of Alabama must independently assess each candidate and choose the person who they feel best represents the state, and their values.

This period of allegations is not the only set of controversies Moore has been through. After being removed from office in 2003, Moore was ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 due to six ethical violations. The violations were forwarded by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) to the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), which suspended Moore from the bench.

With all this opposition, it is surprising why Moore does not get the message to drop out of the Senate race. Clearly his allegations, ethical violations, and personal values do not align with the Republican party of past or present.

Moore shouldn’t have been the Republican nominee in 2018, as he caused the party to lose a seat that should have never been lost to begin with.

The great people of Alabama and the United States need a strong, principled conservative to beat Doug Jones and help restore a stronger majority in the Senate. This is where former Attorney General and Senator Jeff Sessions comes in.

Sessions is a strong representative for Alabama and has consistently been a fierce defender of traditional conservative values and morality in the Senate from 1997-2017. He resigned from the position in order to become Trump’s Attorney General in 2017, prompting the special election ultimately between Moore and Jones.

Trump wrongly forced Sessions out in 2019 after the two were at odds about the AG recusing himself from the Mueller investigation, which was the right thing to do.

It is plain and simple: Roy Moore cannot win. He cannot be elected to serve in the United States Senate. Those opposing him are right— he will never be a true representative for conservatism or the Republican party.

The people of Alabama know Jeff Sessions from all the years he was in public service. This would not be a difficult race for him to win, as the Republican party knows Jeff Sessions will deliver on his promises, and because they are desperate to see Moore ousted.

Sessions has a long and noteworthy record while being in both the Senate and Department of Justice. While in the DOJ, he successfully led the fight against the opioid crisis, drug addiction, illegal immigration, and protecting the first amendment rights of college students.

While in the upper chamber, he was on the Armed Services, Judiciary, Budget, and Environmental committees— all while making a significant impact on legislative and policy decisions.

There is no one better to continue promoting conservative values in the Senate than Jeff Sessions. He needs to beat Roy Moore and Doug Jones, so a sense of normality can return to Alabama politics.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com