Luther Strange

Write-In Campaign May Not Be Possible for Strange

With speculation that Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) could run as a write-in Senate candidate in next month’s Alabama special election since Roy Moore (R) cannot be legally replaced, the Birmingham News reports”that may be unlawful as well.”

“In fact, a 2014 memorandum written by Luther Strange, who was the Alabama Attorney General at the time, states that a political candidate may only get ‘one opportunity to run for an elected position in any given year.’  In addition, ‘it prevents a candidate from having his or her name placed on a general election ballot as an independent in the same year he or she lost in the party primary.'”

“The memo deals specifically with the names printed on the ballot. It remains unclear if the law prohibits a write-in campaign for Strange.”

However, an official at the secretary of state’s office tells the Washington Post that  says Strange would still be eligible.

Republicans Rally Around Strange

“Luther Strange’s tenure in the Senate is not even four months old, having been handed his Alabama seat by a scandal-plagued governor who resigned on the cusp of impeachment by lawmakers in Montgomery. But Republicans in Washington are going all out to rescue Strange in his campaign this year, treating him like a beloved Senate veteran,” Politico reports.

“The multimillion-dollar push in a state that Democrats have almost no chance of winning is intended to help Strange muscle through a crowded primary field that includes two bomb-throwing conservatives apt to cause Mitch McConnell some major headaches should they defeat the appointed senator.”

Strange Appointed to Senate Seat Vacated by Sessions

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) named state Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to the U.S. Senate seat left empty by Jeff Sessions, the AP reports.

“In elevating Strange to the U.S. Senate, Bentley also will have the authority to appoint a state attorney general to fulfill the remainder of Strange’s term. The appointment comes two months after Strange asked an Alabama House committee to pause an impeachment probe of Bentley, who was accused last year of having an affair with a onetime top political adviser.”

Bentley Expected to Pick Strange for Senate Seat

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is strongly leaning toward picking Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) after his expected confirmation to become United States Attorney General, Politico reports.

“One possible advantage of appointing Strange, this operative said, is that Bentley — who has been implicated in a tawdry sex scandal and was under an impeachment investigation by the state legislature — gets to appoint a new attorney general who might be less inclined to prosecute him.”

Bentley Could Appoint AG Investigating Him to Senate

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) “has narrowed the list of possible replacements for Jeff Sessions to six names, including that of one state official who could be investigating the very governor that would appoint him to the U.S. Senate,” the Birmingham News reports.

The inclusion of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) on the list has raised questions since Strange has been investigating Bentley in connection to possible impeachment offenses surrounding his relationship with former adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. If Bentley appoints Strange to the U.S. Senate, the governor will then be able to appoint his successor.