Doug Jones is the Senate candidate for Jeff Sessions’ seat in Alabama. He is up against former Chief Justice and known theocrat Roy Moore.
Who Is Doug Jones?
Jones is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted members of the Ku Klux Klan who bombed a black church in Alabama in 1963. Four girls were killed.
Jones has only raised $300,000. Roy Moore has raised $1.4 million. He was outspent by candidate Luther Strange. Alabama has not elected a Democrat to a statewide office in over a decade.
Jones said in an interview conducted before Moore won:
“Roy Moore’s taken social stands that are completely out of step with Alabama. And the Republican Party has just completely destroyed the public’s confidence in its leadership. This is the least transparent, least ethical group we’ve seen in Montgomery for a generation.”
The fact that the national Republicans opposed Roy Moore may help Jones in the race. They dumped millions into anti-Moore ads.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said:
“I’ve never seen a clearer contrast between candidates. Roy Moore is unfit to serve; all you have to do is ask Mitch McConnell about that. Moderate Republicans are just as offended as Democrats that Roy Moore might wind up in the Senate.”
Artur Davis, a four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama who briefly switched to the Republican party, said:
“The early polling for Doug sounds good, but in the two or three polls I have seen, he is still stuck at the 38-40 percent Democratic base, no higher. To pull the 20 percent of Republicans he needs, he is going to have to make this a race about common-sense ideas, working with both sides, and avoid the temptation to portray this race as a clash of dark and light. That will backfire here quicker than Roy can say, Jesus.”
Here is an interview with Jones:
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