By my account, Jeff Sessions is the most intriguing man in the 2016 Presidential race. No, he is not running for president; however, he did endorse someone that most would not likely expect him to put his name behind: Donald J. Trump. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/02/28/alabama_senator_jeff_sessions_endorses_donald_trump_at_huntsville_rally.html
Who is this Sessions guy?
“Sessions is the ranking Republican in the Senate Judiciary Committee and was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative Republican in the Senate. Cruz called him “the strongest opponent of amnesty in the United States Congress.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/30/who-is-jeff-sessions-and-why-cant-ted-cruz-stop-talking-about-him-video/
The gentleman from Alabama has been a US Senator since 1997, plenty of time to have an established record of conservatism, which he has well accomplished. The biography from his website paints a colorful Americana image of his early life and growth into the fine public servant that we have in him today:
“Jeff Sessions was born in Selma, Alabama on December 24, 1946, and grew up in Hybart (pronounced Hib-ert), the son of a country store owner. Growing up in the country, Sessions was instilled with the core values – honesty, hard work, belief in God and parental respect – that define him today. In 1964, he became an Eagle Scout and has received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. After attending school in nearby Camden, Sessions worked his way through Huntingdon College in Montgomery, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama in 1973. Sessions served in the United States Army Reserve from 1973 to1986 ultimately attaining the rank of Captain. He still considers that period to be one of the most rewarding chapters of his life.
Sessions’ interest in the law led to a distinguished legal career, first as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Alabama, and then in Mobile, a place he now calls home. Following a two-year stint as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama (1975-1977), Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1981 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was elected Alabama Attorney General in 1995, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until 1997, when he entered the United States Senate.” http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography
He has been dubbed “amnesty’s worst enemy.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384665/amnestys-worst-enemy-eliana-Johnson
My favorite is when Washington dubs him a “budget hawk.” https://maryorndorfftroyan.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/sessions-evolves-into-budget-hawk-senator-wages-war-on-pricey-programs/
Is he perfect? No. There are important issues I wish he would have voted differently on; however, he is an accomplished, principled man that is passionate about our nation and it’s preservation. I do not know why someone of his stature and clear understanding of our government and its founding would support Donald Trump, but I don’t think that question is as important as this one: Why wouldn’t he have have supported Cruz if Cruz is truly the only “Constitutional Conservative” on the ticket?
While I doubt that we will publicly hear him give the answer to that question, the fact that it exists should cause us all to pause. It is a question that I hope your friends in states that have not yet cast their primary votes are asking. https://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag/appendix/state-elections
Enquiring minds want to know, “Why not Cruz?”