Alabama politicians jockey for likely Sessions Senate vacancy

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The reaction to Senator Jeff Sessions becoming President-Elect Donald Trump's choice for Attorney General began Friday morning.

Many of his Republican colleagues, including Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama's 5th district, say he's a great pick who would have done well wherever he was placed.  Critics, including Alabama Democrats, question Sessions' character.

In the wake of this Trump decision also comes a scuffle for the seat he'd leave behind, if confirmed. Multiple politicians have come forward, expressing interest in the role. Governor Robert Bentley will appoint the person to fill the potentially vacant Senate seat, and then another election will need to be held to complete the term he will likely leave behind. The seat again comes back up for reelection in 2020.

Congressman Brooks has expressed his interest in the appointment from Governor Bentley. He said Friday, that he met with Bentley in Washington that morning.

"If you look at Senator Jeff Sessions' record, and my record, they're like hand in glove," he commented to WHNT News 19.

He's not the only one vying for the Senate seat. Congressman Robert Aderholt's office confirms he, too, asked for a spot on the governor's list.

State Senator Arthur Orr has told us he's also hoping for a shot. It's possible state Attorney General Luther Strange and State Senate President Del Marsh are also interested.

Brooks believes somewhere between 25-30 people will come forward, hoping to be on the governor's list to head to Capitol Hill. He said it's an important decision for Bentley.

"This is probably the most important act that Governor Bentley will have, in terms of impact on the nation as a whole," he explained. "The governor's appointment of someone to that Senate seat is going to have a major impact on those major challenges we face as a country. And Governor Bentley understands the importance of that decision he has to make. Fortunately, there are a lot of good people he can choose from."

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