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If everything goes according to plan, Gov. Rob Bentley could be the biggest winner of Sen. Jeff Session's confirmation. Not only will he name Alabama's next senator, Bentley has an opportunity to escape the consequences of a sex scandal that already destroyed his marriage and now threatens his office.
The greatest political temptation of 2016, the disgraced governor's decision could bring either redemption or additional corruption. That's because the leading candidate for Sessions' seat is named Luther Strange, a man who just so happens to be Alabama's attorney general.
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As the southern state's top cop, Strange holds an axe above the governor's head. He's currently supervising the investigation into whether the 73-year-old executive cashed taxpayer checks to underwrite his love affair with a member of his staff. With taped phone calls, questions about hush money, and an indicted House speaker, the scandal rivals most Shonda Rimes scripts. But it has very real world consequences.
On paper, there are all the pieces for a quid pro quo payoff. Here's how it'd work: Bentley sends Strange to the Senate then picks a patsy for AG who would overlook his embarrassing, and perhaps illegal, indiscretions. The governor gets off, the attorney general gets a plum appointment, and Alabama citizens get hosed.
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While Strange has been beyond reproach so far, it's no secret he wants the job. Standing 6 foot 9, the mountain of a man has a welcoming smile and already has two successful state-wide races under his belt. Before Thanksgiving, he told The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes that he plans on running to replace Sessions during a special election.
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