A new ad campaign produced by a conservative advocacy group is supporting Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as attorney general.
As reported by POLITICO, the ads will run primarily in three conservative-leaning states with Democratic senators who will be pressured to confirm Donald Trump’s pick for top cop.
The first round of pro-Sessions spots – coming from the Judicial Crisis Network – will start this weekend with a 30-second ad highlighting Alabama residents who praise Sessions as U.S. senator from Alabama.
“Senator Sessions saw that there was a real need for the families that were losing their loved ones,” said Johnny Spann, an Alabama resident whose son, Mike, was the first American combat casualty in the 2001 war in Afghanistan. “For him to be in charge of the highest law enforcement agency, he’s the kind of person that needs to be there.”
In honor of Mike Spann’s sacrifice, Sessions spearheaded legislation in 2002 to help facilitate private funds to be donated to widows and orphans of military and national security personnel killed during the U.S. war on terrorism.
The digital and cable ad campaign, which POLITICO estimates at more than half a million dollars, will also run in Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota – states with Democrats targeted to bring bipartisan support of Sessions’ nomination. The three Democrats are Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a red-state Democrat seeking re-election in 2018, has confirmed he would support Sessions.
The ads will also appear in the Washington, D.C. area.
“Senator Sessions is a good man whose service to his state makes it clear that he will turn DOJ around and make it an agency that every American can be proud of,” JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino told POLITICO. “He will abide by the Constitution, he will put public safety ahead of political agendas, and he will prosecute corrupt public officials regardless of political party.”
The first ad, titled “Getting it Right” is now available on YouTube: