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Doug Jones: After the elections, it is a time for healing
Senator-elect speaks at the press conference after the Alabama win.
Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate races dashed Republicans ” are hard-fought action, in order to free space and keep their narrow two-seat majority. But GOP leaders are already angling to convince Jones to return, their legislative agenda, in the hope that he would be ready to against his own party to retain the support from the state, the mostly conservative voters.
“I hope, Senator-elect, Doug Jones is doing the right thing and really represent, Alabama, by the election and the vote with the Senate Republican majority,” said Colorado GOP sen. Cory Gardner, Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee.
Jones’ narrow victory over Republican Roy Moore is the first time in 25 years, Alabama, the voters have chosen a Democratic senator. The Fox-News-voters-analysis shows, he won with the support of black, young and female voters. But Jones was encouraged without a doubt by the sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Roy Moore. And Alabama is a deep red state; 62 percent of Alabama voters Republican President, trump picked up in the year 2016.
“I think Jones is very aware that he represents the state of Alabama,” democratic strategist Douglas Smith said on Tuesday. “The wildcard is, will [Senate majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, things to bring him on Board.”
On the occasion of a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Jones suggested that he would like to ask the focus on “kitchen table.” Based on the blood-dial effusions fight, he also said that now is a “time for healing.”
In his victory speech, the Jones effect, tell everybody to be able to act to avoid it, in Washington.
However, he made it clear that he won with the support of both parties. And he urged the GOP to Fund controlled Congress, which expired recently, the children’s health Insurance Program, or CHIP, before he comes in January. Congress-Democrats and Republicans support the program, but disagree on the financing.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could agenda to try and support the Democrats Doug Jones.
“I have this challenge to my future colleagues in Washington,” said Jones. “Take this election, where people in Alabama said, we want to do something: We want you to find common ground, we want to talk to you. … Go ahead and Fund the CHIP program, before I go up there.”
Jones and Moore were open in the contest for the seat on the left, if the Republicans Jeff Sessions was on earlier this year to the U.S. attorney General.
Republican Luther Strange was appointed to the seat until the special election, the Strange lost to Moore in the primary phase. However, allegations that Moore, while in his 30 years of inappropriate sexual contact with female teens had severely damaged his campaign.
Jones defeated Moore 49.9-48.4%.
Trump and McConnell, R-Ky., supports Strange in the GOP primary. And they have distanced themselves from Moore, a conservative firebrand, after the allegations surfaced last month. Trump in the last weeks of the campaign, endorsed by Moore, while McConnell said, Alabama voters will decide who wins the seat.
Smith, managing partner at Kent strategies and who was on Bill Clinton’s election, presidency battle, says McConnell is “Jones throw a bone or two”, but ultimately the repetition of the seat work.
Among the most important issues, to which Jones is likely to vote-with the Republicans now the 51-49-member Senate, the majority-is to reform the immigration, including a plan to continue the protection of young illegal immigrants, brought under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Trump has to end, starting in March.
“Doug Jones is a great senator who represented Alabama well,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, “He was an excellent candidate and a better senator.”
On Tuesday, Schumer, McConnell “hit pause called” in his party, the great tax-reform legislation, the sitting expected to be up for a final vote in the coming days, to Jones.
Trump already seems to be cozying up to Jones to defeat while distancing themselves from Moore.
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory. The write-in votes played a huge factor, but a win is a win. The people in Alabama are great, and the Republicans still have a recording of this place in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-won victory,” he tweeted on Tuesday evening. “The people in Alabama are great, and the Republicans still have a recording of this place in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
He later tweeted: “The reason why I originally endorsed Luther Strange … is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the election to the Bundestag. I was right! Roy worked hard, but the deck is stacked against him!”
The Alabama Republican y was rather straightforward in the post-election comments on his expectations for Jones.
“During this campaign, we heard, to say that Mr Jones again and again, he would talk about” table topics “and that he” reach across the aisle “to work with the Republicans,” said party Chairman Terry Lathan.
“Although these issues were not discussed, and no other democratic Senator has worked with the Republicans, all eyes will be on his votes. Alabamians to see the things that support or try to stop. We hold him accountable for his votes.”
They also fired a warning shot to Jones — pointed to the fact that essentially 60 percent of the elected offices in Alabama are Republicans, which means, “a strong slate” of candidates in the coming elections.
“Alabamians are conservative and have no intentions in the direction of the policy of the democratic party,” Lathan. “If Mr Jones is understood with the liberal Democrats in Washington, Alabama, and the voters will remember that his decisions in the 2020 US Senate run.”