At a press conference today in Mobile, Jeff Sessions picked up key endorsements from coastal Alabama law enforcement leaders in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Sessions was endorsed by Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, former Mobile Police Chief and current Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber, Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack, and Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters.
Baldwin County DA Wilters said that Sessions is “a man of integrity, honor, and of the highest moral character you can ask for. He was great to work with as a U.S. Attorney, he was great to work with as the Alabama Attorney General, he was great to work with when he was a U.S. Senator, and when he was the United States Attorney General.”
“There was a huge change in the way the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted cases after Jeff Sessions became the U.S. Attorney General,” Wilters said.
Wilters also said Sessions has an unmatched knowledge of the state.
“The reason I’m here to endorse Jeff Sessions is because Jeff Sessions knows where Bay Minette, Alabama is, he knows where Foley, Alabama is, he knows where Semmes, Camden, Sand Rock, Madison, and Athens are. He knows where those places are. He knows the people of those places, and he knows the importance of those places to the people who live there. It is something that is tremendous—I want my U.S. Senator to know where those places are, and I don’t care that he knows where Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is,” Wilters concluded.
Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said Sessions has been a strong advocate for Alabama.
“I am extremely excited about announcing my support for Jeff Sessions in his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Senator Sessions has been a career-long, staunch supporter for law enforcement. We need a Senator like Jeff Sessions who will go to Washington and stand for law and order, while also protecting individual rights. Senator Sessions will be a great advocate for Alabama,” Mack said.
Former Mobile Police Chief and current Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber said that, “Senator Sessions has been a great asset for law enforcement. We could always rely on him, he is a law and order type person, and he is exactly the person we need in Washington, given the challenging times in law enforcement that we face today.”
Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran gave his full-throated endorsement to Sessions.
“I have worked with Jeff Sessions for over 35 years. He is a man of the highest integrity and honor, and I call tell you that he has always had law enforcement’s back. I know that because I worked with him when he was a U.S. Attorney, when he was Alabama Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and when he was the United States Attorney General. There’s not a better man than Jeff Sessions, and I whole-heartedly support him,” Cochran said.
Mobile County DA Rich praised Sessions’ strong support for law enforcement.
“I have had the privilege of working with Senator Sessions for twenty years, and he is exactly the person we need in Washington to support our efforts in law enforcement, in prosecuting criminals and making our community a better place,” Rich said.
Sessions said he was honored by the endorsements.
“These endorsements are of great importance. These are highly-respected elected officials who have great experience and support in their communities, and they know law enforcement inside and out. I deeply appreciate their endorsements, their strong words of support, and their partnerships over the years,” Sessions said.
“I am honored to have the support and endorsement of these leaders in the law enforcement community. As a young federal prosecutor, I worked cases with Sam Cochran and Hoss Mack when they were young law enforcement officers, and Bob Wilters and Ashley Rich are two great, proven professional prosecutors,” Sessions said.
“I love the law enforcement community. I respect them, I know how hard their job is. I know the challenges that they operate under, the danger that they work under on a daily basis. As Senator and U.S. Attorney General, I had law enforcement’s back, and they had my thanks,” Sessions continued.
“We must have a U.S. Senator representing us who knows how to defend Alabama and how to effectively stand up for our law enforcement officers. As a federal prosecutor, Alabama’s Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and U.S Attorney General, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with our brave men and women in law enforcement, and I will do so, again,” Sessions concluded.
Sessions has already been endorsed by Alabama Sheriffs from every corner of the state, including: Ray Norris of Clarke County; Kevin Turner of Madison County; Shannon Oliver of Franklin County; John Samaniego of Shelby County; Jonathon W. Horton of Etowah County; Heath Taylor of Russell County; Billy Murray of St. Clair County; Don Valenza of Houston County; and Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County.
Bill Partridge, who is the City of Oxford Police Chief and President of the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs, has also previously endorsed Sessions.