Alabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail'

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneLobbying world Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown Bottom line MORE (R-Ala.), who is running to unseat Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November, released a new attack ad against fellow GOP primary contender and former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds MORE

In the new 30-second ad, Bryne criticizes Sessions for being forced by President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE to resign as attorney general.

The ad also states “Hillary [Clinton] still ain’t in jail," a possible dig at Sessions' record as attorney general.


"Lock her up" was a common refrain that was chanted about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE during Trump campaign events in 2016. The quote appears to be a reference to this chant. 

Similarly, the ad criticizes former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville who is also in Alabama's Republican primary Senate race, saying that Tuberville "can't keep a job" and wants to allow illegal immigrants into the state. Tuberville was asked to resign as Auburn's head football coach after the 2008 season.

Byrne himself appears at the end of the ad and lists reasons why Alabamians should vote for him.

"97 percent pro-Trump voting record, fought impeachment, pro-life, pro-gun, pro-wall and I'll fight for Alabama," Byrne says in the ad.


In a poll this week, Sessions led the pack of GOP-contenders with 31 percent, Tuberville at 29 percent in second and Byrne in third with 17 percent.

Sessions' campaign spokesperson John Rogers responded to the ad saying, "When a candidate is desperate and losing, they always attack. Unfortunately, that’s what we are seeing not only from Bradley Byrne, but also from Tommy Tuberville."

Tuberville also rebuked the ad, saying it was full of "lies" and "baseless attacks," according to Yellowhammer News.

Voters in Alabama will vote in the race's primary on March 3. Whoever wins that election will face Jones, who beat former Alabama Chief Justice Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Long-shot Espy campaign sees national boost in weeks before election Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video MORE for the seat in 2017.