The minority leader of the Alabama State Senate has come forward in support of Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General.
Montgomery Sen. Quinton Ross said he has been in close contact with Sessions since he was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump and that he looks forward to working with Sessions if he is confirmed as the next Attorney General.
“We cannot ignore the fact that he is on the winning team. No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on,” Ross said.
Ross was high school student in Pontiac, Mich., when Sessions failed to be confirmed to a federal judgeship in the 1980s due to allegations of racism, though as an education administrator and an elected official Ross said he has had a positive working relationship with Sessions over the past 20 years.
“I have worked with Sen. Sessions on education policy and securing federal funding for our schools,” Ross said. “Additionally, I have spent time with him at the Magic City Classic and at Heritage Barbershop in Montgomery. I know him personally and all of my encounters with him have been for the greater good of Alabama.”
Ross added that he didn’t think Sessions’ application of the law would be biased and that he sees value in having a person in Washington who will be accessible to his constituents.
“We’ve spoken about everything from Civil Rights to race relations and we agree that as Christian men our hearts and minds are focused on doing right by all people,” Sen. Ross said. “We both acknowledge that there are no perfect men, but we continue to work daily to do the right thing for all people.”