U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama this week hired Dana Gresham, an African-American Washington, D.C. insider, as his chief of staff. Doug Jones, D-Ala., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
In an announcement on the State Capitol steps, Hobson, 56, outlined a platform very similar to the former Alabama chief justice's Senate campaign past year, with an emphasis on military spending, opposition to abortion and LGBT rights and loyalty to President Donald Trump and his agenda, particularly on immigration.
That should be good enough for most Democrats everywhere.
Sending a Democrat from Alabama to the Senate only gives Republicans a two-vote margin.
Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Doug Jones from Alabama and Tina Smith from Minnesota.
Rich Hobson announced yesterday that he is running as a Republican for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by U.S. Representative Martha Roby.
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Jones, meanwhile, has said it's time to move on. Or will he stay close to the liberal core of the Senate Democratic caucus, as progressive activists and many aides and advisers from that party expect after defeating Republican Roy Moore? He did manage to try to use his loss as an "election integrity" fundraising opportunity after insisting the Jones' win was the result of a "fraudulent" race. Al Franken who stepped down Tuesday, following allegations that he touched women inappropriately.
"Alabama has spoken", Jones said on CNN's State of the Union soon after he won the race.
Two new Democrats will be sworn in to the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing the Republican majority and complicating efforts by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to advance the White House's legislative agenda before the November midterm elections. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat.
When Jones takes office, he will reduce the already slim Republican majority.
"Fake news will tell you that we don't care for Jews", Kayla Moore charged. There's still much room for improvement, however, as a 2016 poll from "Roll Call" newspaper showed that only 5 percent of the almost 3,600 Senate staffers on Capitol Hill are African-American.
Kayla Moore, Roy Moore's wife, caught the political world off-guard the night before the December 12 special election to replace Jeff Sessions as senator when she referenced Jaffe in a campaign speech.