Ed Henry, who led impeachment charge against Robert Bentley, enters race for U.S. Senate seat

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Decatur-Republican State Rep. Ed Henry on Tuesday announced plans to run in 2018 for the state’s U.S. Senate seat that once belonged to Jeff Sessions and is currently filled by interim U.S. Sen. Luther Strange.

“It seems that the time is right and God has laid this path out for us,” Henry told reporters. “We’re going to walk in His will and we’ll see what comes of it.”

Last March, Henry led the charge against then-Gov. Robert Bentley bringing forth articles of impeachment aimed at unseating the scandal-ridden governor.

Some have called into question Bentley’s appointment of Strange to the Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions since Strange had told Alabama lawmakers to hold off on impeaching the scandal-plagued governor while he conducted an investigation into Bentley as the state’s Attorney General.

“Trump’s going to need help draining the swamp,” Henry, who was Trump’s Alabama co-chair, added. “One thing I have been able to do here is not necessarily drain the swamp but I’ve definitely dropped enough bombs in it that we’ve found some bottom-dwellers and they are floating to the top.”
Henry’s announcement followed Gov. Kay Ivey‘s Tuesday morning proclamation to reschedule the special election date. The new primary date is Aug. 15, with a runoff set for Sept. 26; the general election is Dec. 12, a year ahead of the previously scheduled election date.

In February, Bentley temporarily appointed then-Attorney General Strange to the Senate seat until Alabama could hold a special election. Bentley originally scheduled the special election to coincide with the 2018 regular election cycle, a primary in June and general election in November.

Other candidates may throw their hats into the ring over the coming days, with Republican State Sen. Del Marsh saying he would decide whether he will run this week.

Sens. Slade Blackwell and Trip Pittman are also considering a run, as is former Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.

Watch Henry discuss his decision to run below:

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