Luther Strange, an establishment candidate, is running for the Senate in Alabama. President Trump endorsed him despite the fact that there is a good list of candidates to choose from, including Mo Brooks and Judge Roy Moore.
Judge Moore is currently in the lead in the primary with 30 percent approval, Strange with 22 percent, and Brooks with 19.
“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama,” the President tweeted. “He has my complete and total endorsement!”
Strange was appointed to the senate seat he is now running for as an interim by Governor Bentley in February.
Strange is a cohort of Mitch McConnell’s, the Senate Majority Leader who has lied to us repeatedly on issues from the Ex-Im bank to Obamacare to the budget to the tax cuts. McConnell’s own state expanded Obamacare. Does anyone really believe McConnell wants to repeal and replace Obamacare or complete any of the President’s agenda items?
McConnell’s worst lie was when he said he would implement a Republican agenda as soon as Republicans had the House, the Senate and the presidency.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund has already pledged $2.6 million in ad buys on his behalf, even though there’s little to no chance of a Democrat’s winning the race.
Luther Strange’s website makes him look like the perfect person to drain the swamp. His website includes a page on “Draining the Swamp” and “Fighting Corruption.” “Luther enjoyed many successes in the fight against Montgomery insiders,” Strange’s campaign website states. “As senator, he’s ready to help President Donald Trump do the same in Washington.”
However, In an April interview with the Washington Examiner, when asked whether he believed that there was a public corruption problem in Washington, Strange replied: “I have not seen that in my short time here.”
So what will he drain?
Strange was appointed to convince the Alabama state legislature to not impeach Gov. Bentley or to rid the state of him.
A day after Trump endorsed Strange, an ethics compliant – one of many – rolled in against Strange. It was by a wealthy businessman over the same issue of Strange being appointed as part of a corrupt deal.
He contends that when Strange was appointed, Bentley was able to pick a new state attorney general. The ultimate selection, Steve Marshall, confirmed an investigation into Bentley and appointed a special prosecutor, who negotiated a plea deal in exchange for Bentley’s resignation.
Strange has maintained that, despite appearances, he did nothing wrong. The developer who filed the complaint Stan Pate says it’s equivalent to a bribe.
Ed Henry had another take. Former Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate in February to rid the state of him because of concerns over corruption, State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle said.
In an interview with AL.com, Henry said Bentley told him there was a lot of corruption in the state. “(Bentley) said, most of it is in the AG’s office, and Luther’s the head of it, and I’m just going to appoint him and get him out of this state,” Henry said, according to Al.com.
“I said ‘Are you kidding me?'” Henry said of his response to Bentley. “You’re going to appoint a man that you know is corrupt to the U.S. Senate where we may not get rid of him for 30 years?’
“He said, ‘Ed, I’ve got to get rid of him. I’ve got to get him out of this state or we’re not going to be able to straighten anything out.'”
Bentley gave an unequivocal denial. Bentley ended up resigning amid scandal while he was under impeachment proceedings. Luther Strange stopped impeachment investigations by the Legislature into Robert Bentley’s misconduct on two occasions.
In June, another candidate for the seat, Dr. Randy Brinson called Strange “Mr. Corruption”.
Brinson said in a statement: “In Alabama, we wake up every morning to news stories of graft, corruption and crooked deals from our city halls and county courthouses all the way to right here in Montgomery. In the last year, we’ve had the head of every branch of State Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial–removed from office. None of the dirty deals Alabamians have gotten from their own leaders matches the corrupt bargain Luther Strange – ‘Mr. Corruption’ himself – made with Robert Bentley to get Alabama’s Senate seat.”
Columnist Kyle Whitmire wrote that the appointment of Strange set “a new benchmark for Alabama corruption,” adding: “It’s so nakedly political that someone should charge them with indecent exposure.”
There are many credible allegations against Strange, a political swamp critter.
The important point in all this is “Big Luther” Strange will grow McConnell’s power base and at least two of his opponents for the seat, Brooks and Moore, want McConnell to go.