Senator-elect Tuberville, fresh from congressional orientation, misidentifies the three branches of government



‘[T]he House, the Senate and executive.’

Those, according to Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville in an interview with the Alabama Daily News, are the three branches of the U.S. federal government.

The former Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and University of Cincinnati football coach (career winning percentage: .616), having unseated incumbent Democrat Doug Jones, a noted civil-rights lawyer and activist, in his first foray into politics, was making the point that the government “was set up” with the intent of placing control of the two legislative-branch chambers and the White House in opposing parties’ hands.

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Tuberville told columnist Todd Stacy that he’d just gone through an abbreviated orientation for new lawmakers, noting “we all had to go through the same time, Republican and Democrat, and it was fun, a good group. They pretty much jam three days into a day and a half because of the COVID.”

He said he’d determined he’d prefer to serve on the Senate Armed Services and Agriculture committees in his first term, owing to the prominence of farming and the military in the Alabama economy, observing “we got, what, four or five military bases.”

Tuberville, followed by Ronny Jackson and Attorney General William Barr, trails President Donald Trump in disembarking Air Force One in Dallas on June 11.


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“We’ve got all these defense contractors, shipbuilders, we have 370,000 veterans in the state. I mean, we’ve got a lot of people that are connected to the military, it’s a large part of our GDP that needs to continue to grow and we need to represent them.”

Tuberville told Stacy that “it still is still up in the air” whether Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump, whom Tuberville backed (and by whom he was backed), despite the determinations of the Associated Press and other major news organizations last weekend that Trump’s paths to re-election had been foreclosed.

Tuberville said he would travel to neighboring Georgia to work on behalf of Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in their Jan. 5 runoffs against, respectively, the Democrats the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Ossoff and Warnock wins would create a rare 50-50 party split in the Senate.



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