Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Sessions
Statement of Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director Andy Spears on Senate Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States:
Yesterday, the United States Senate confirmed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States. Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted in favor of Sessions. Jeff Sessions used his position as U.S. Attorney to prosecute civil rights workers in Alabama who were working to assist African Americans in voting. He’s expressed skepticism if not outright opposition to the Voting Rights Act. His track record reflects someone who does not support equal access to the ballot. Our organization has worked alongside allies from across the state to protect the vote. I’m disappointed to see Senators Alexander and Corker vote in favor of someone with such a troubling record on voting rights. Also of concern is the fact that both Alexander and Corker voted in favor of silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren as she read a letter from Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions. Silencing the truth doesn’t make it untrue. Neither Corker nor Alexander nor any other Senator denies the truth of the claims made in King’s letter. But, rather than hear the words describing Sessions’ actions, Tennessee’s Senators chose to hide them. Our citizens deserve better.
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