Sessions rise sets off political chain reaction in Alabama

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions’ potential rise as attorney general in the Trump administration sets off a political chain reaction in his home state of Alabama.

Power players — and longshot hopefuls— are already jockeying to be appointed to his seat.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has spoken with Sessions several times this week about his potential replacement. The governor will name someone to the Senate seat.

Bentley said Thursday that he wants the next senator “to be as conservative as Senator Sessions, to be very much like him.”

The Republican governor says he also wants the person to support the agenda of incoming president Donald Trump.

A spokeswoman for the governor said this week that Bentley had already been approached by multiple people seeking the appointment.

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