Opinion: GOP rep not needed to defeat Doug Jones

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Alabama - Doug Jones speakingA political analyst says it’s a bad idea for a Florida congressman to run for the U.S. Senate in Alabama next year. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch conservative and Trump ally, has reportedly told other lawmakers he is considering moving across the state line to run for the Senate in 2020.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Doug Jones (pictured at right), who took the "red" seat from the GOP after defeating Roy Moore. 

If he jumps in, Gaetz would likely face several veteran Alabama politicians in the GOP primary, including congressmen Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne, Moore, and Jeff Sessions, who held the seat before resigning to become Trump's attorney general.

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, the political arm of American Family Association, says Gaetz crossing the state line to jump in is problematic.

“This guy represents the Florida panhandle. It's a very conservative area,” Chambers observes. “But to see Alabama voters --- Alabamians ---come out and vote for him, I really don't see that happening."

Gaetz would likely "dilute" votes from other candidates in the Gulf Coast area, Chambers adds. 

Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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