The Hill reports that Sen. Jeff Sessions struck a deal to be the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 111th Congress, and to trade that away to be the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee for the 112th Congress (all pending a vote among Judiciary Committee Republicans, as well as the Senate GOP caucus.)
The Senator could be the heavyweight some GOP’ers have been looking for in the Governor’s race, and he has been the object of a recruiting effort to play the part. At first blush, this deal involving the next Congress puts the idea to rest. However, Sessions gets now the position he prefers (Judiciary) for one later that is not as much to his liking (Budget), according to multiple observers. Might he still walk away for a chance to be Governor after his stint on the Judiciary Committee?
On the negative side, why leave a safe seat for an election that is not a sure thing? And for bigger headaches if he wins the Governorship? As my email inbox put it…
With Sessions finally building seniority in DC and now apparently moving up higher on the Judiciary Committee why in the world would he want to come back home to a term limited job that is one of the hardest in the political world? Also, on a side note if you look back at history around the country US Senators have almost never left their seat to run for governor. The reason for that is it is a step down for most of them.
On the other hand, he would be an extremely strong candidate and would bring a nice warchest to the race. Being Governor of a red state has to have more fun aspects to it than being part of a small minority in the Senate. It would be “a nice cap on a strong career,” as another reader put it.
And, fwiw, I imagine that a contentious hearing over Obama’s Supreme Court nominee would only raise his stock in Alabama.
Murmurs, murmurs, we hear murmurs. Predictions anyone?