Luther Strange delivers farewell address in Senate, warns of ‘entrenched factionalism’
Sen. Luther Strange delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate Thursday, just days ahead of the election between the man who defeated him in the primary – Republican Roy Moore – and Democrat Doug Jones.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Strange said he knows his fellow Senators would “like to be remembered as men and women in the arena, as people who spent themselves in worthy causes.”
He warned however, that while the Senate “was designed to accommodate conflict and profound disagreement,” it was not “designed to tolerate the entrenched factionalism that dominates today’s proceedings.”
“It was not designed for the people’s representatives to hunker down in private rooms, emerging only long enough to come to the chamber and cast votes. The less time we spend in the same room, the easier it becomes to view our colleagues on the other side of the aisle as obstacles instead of opportunities,” Strange said.
Strange, the former Alabama Attorney General, was appointed in February by former Gov. Robert Bentley, a move that set off controversy as the AG’s office was involved in the investigation around the governor’s relationship with a married adviser. Strange filled the seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Bentley resigned in April.
Strange fought a heated primary battle against Moore, the former Alabama Chief Justice. Moore easily defeated Strange and appeared to be cruising to victory before a Nov. 9 Washington Post report that alleged he has improper sexual contact with teenage girls in the 1970s.
The election is Dec. 12.
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December 7, 2017 at 10:10AM