Nelson Praised Sessions, Now He Should Vote to Confirm Him

By January 16, 2017Florida, LBB, Legal, Sessions
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Sen. Jeff Sessions has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as the nation’s next Attorney General. As the state director of Concerned Women for America of Florida, I represent the concerns of so many Floridian women who are ecstatic about such a great candidate.  We are eager to see justice and respect for the rule of law return to the Department of Justice (DOJ), and we hope our senator feels likewise.

In our home state, we have been glad to see that Sen. Bill Nelson has avoided the hysteria of the left in response to President-elect Trump’s win, saying it is not something to be feared. Sen. Nelson has also been able to put aside political slander long enough to make his own judgements on Sessions.  Sessions and Nelson have a record of working together that speaks for itself.  Nelson praised him laudably as a “friend” and “reasonable person” with whom he “got along” and “worked out, in a bipartisan way, whatever the issues were.”

In fact, the two of them gained shared press coverage for working on the bipartisan legislation H-1B, ensuring that skilled, valuable American workers weren’t passed up and even replaced by cheaper, less-qualified, foreign labor that Americans were then forced to train.

But despite this history and his approving words, Nelson has not yet committed his full support. He promises to “reserve judgment” on Sessions until the hearings, saying he would do so on anybody.  This hesitancy is unnecessary when Nelson knows that Sessions’ outstanding record, demeanor, and respect for the law make him a perfect candidate. And it makes you wonder if Sen. Nelson will let himself be used by radical leftist groups who are putting considerable resources into smearing Sen. Sessions’ character.

They, of course, promise to use old, discredited charges of racism, as they do to every Republican, hoping to avoid debating the record. But here is just a taste of the truth about Sen Sessions’s strong record on civil rights:

  • He got the death penalty for a convicted KKK member for the murder of a black man, which then bankrupted the Alabama KKK through large fines.
  • He has supported bipartisan reform of the cocaine drug system, which was especially hurting African-Americans — something for which even opponents praise him.
  • He has also supported fair districting and voter access for African-Americans (United States v. Conecuh Count and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama — 667 F. Supp. 786 (S.D. Ala. 1987)).
  • He hired the first African-American chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • He proudly participated in the 50th commemoration of the march at Selma.

Some have also criticized his stance on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but here are the facts:

  • He voted against VAWA because it was an agenda-driven bill that many organizations, including Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy organization for women in the country, didn’t support because it minimized funding for victims, rape kit processing, and sufficient prevention programs, with no evidence for actually helping reduce violence.
  • He is a true advocate for women, as demonstrated by his support of better, more comprehensive versions of legislation regarding violence against women to ensure that the actual victims receive the help they need.

With a record of defending justice and civil rights, working with both sides, and fearless courage, it’s no wonder that Sen. Nelson has praised Sen. Sessions in the past and why he needs to voice his support to confirm him as the U.S. Attorney General.

It is not only the right thing to do, but he will also be able to wear his support as a badge of honor in his upcoming Senate reelection campaign.

Terri Johannessen
Florida State Director
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]
407 697 5929