Former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville is running for U.S. Senate. For fun, who else should run?

Tommy Tuberville, image via wrcbtv.com

Can a former football head coach at Auburn, who defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 6 consecutive times become our next U.S. Senator? That is what Tommy Tuberville is hoping to accomplish.

This weekend, Tuberville’s candidacy for U.S. Senate was reported unconventionally on a Saturday, all over Twitter and national sports media outlets, including CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com and Sports Illustrated.

All In

Tuberville looks to be “all in” enlisting former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to work on his campaign. His announcement comes on the heels of reports last week that Florida U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was considering jumping into the race (on Friday he told the Pensacola News Journal he is not running).

One Day Residency Requirement for U.S. Senate

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Senator Doug Jones on election night in 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The U.S. Senate seat held by Senator Doug Jones is expected to be one of the most contested in the country. The 2020 Alabama primaries are scheduled for March 3rd.

We don’t know much about Tuberville’s residency status in Alabama (his social media accounts show him speaking at numerous events throughout the state – he is an Arkansas native), but according to the Alabama Secretary of State Office, U.S. Senate candidates need to be a resident of Alabama for only one day to qualify for the race.

Let’s have fun.  Who else should run?

Since you only need to be a resident for one day, with all the national attention and interest, who else should run for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat in 2020?

Here are some suggestions…..

Screenshot of Charles Barkley celebrating Auburn’s victory in the Elite Eight.

Charles Barkley – No one promotes the state more, especially Auburn over the past month.  He also would “tell it like it is” in D.C.  Alabamians like that.

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Frank Stitt, via ABC News

Frank Stitt – Birmingham’s legendary chef, Highlands Bar and Grill owner and James Beard winner could bridge the partisan divide in Washington by getting folks to “break bread” together.

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Nick Saban leads his team. Photo via predictem.com

Nick Saban– One thing that can be said about Saban- he doesn’t take BS from anyone. Also, wouldn’t you like to see “The Process” implemented in Washington?

Jason Isbell – Grammy winner and outspoken supporter of progressive causes, Isbell could launch a campaign after his October Shoals Fest concert.

Other than  Tuberville, Congressman Bradley Bryne has thrown his hat into the ring on the Republican side to take on Senator Doug Jones.

Who Do You Think Should Run?

 

 

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.