By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
A new television ad from former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville targets his rivals for the U.S. Senate – Congressman Bradley Byrne and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions – calling them “weak-kneed” and touting himself as “tough.”
The ad, which according to the Tuberville campaign is set to begin airing statewide on Wednesday, is the first attack ad from the former coach. Over the weekend, the Byrne campaign released two ads that targeted Tuberville and on Monday Sessions released an online video that attacked Tuberville for voicing disagreements with the Trump administration.
Tuberville’s ad attacks Byrne for his comments in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which then-candidate Donald Trump could be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women. Byrne said at the time that the comments made Trump unfit to be president, before later affirming his support of the Republican nominee.
The ad then blames Sessions for the “Russia witch hunt,” inferring his recusal from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election allowed harmed Trump’s presidency. Sessions’ has said his decision to recuse himself was based on longstanding Department of Justice policy.
Watch the full ad HERE:
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) February 18, 2020
The GOP primary for Alabama Senate is Tuesday, March 3.