Cast out by Trump, Jeff Sessions struggles

The former U.S. Attorney General is in a fight to win back a seat in the U.S. Senate. So far, Trump is keeping his distance to endorse any Republicans in the race.

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March 3, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June 2017. Photo by (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. — For a man who was once the most popular politician in Alabama, Jeff Sessions cut a lonely figure as he slipped into a packed room of Republicans over the weekend to urge them to help him return to the Senate.

When the 73-year-old former senator and, more recently, President Donald Trump’s attorney general, arrived at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center for a breakfast hosted by the Jefferson County Republican Party, a few party loyalists shook his hand and exchanged pleasantries. But many barely glanced at Sessions as they sipped coffee and poured Aunt Jemima syrup onto paper plates stacked with pancakes and bacon.

“I don’t have anything to say to him,” Jimmy Carmack, 67, a beekeeper from Center Point, said with a shrug as he watched Sessions stand awkwardly at the edge of the room making small talk with voters. “He’s had his time and we’re ready for someone else.”

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