Political Notes — Trump faces prospect of defeat in Alabama senate race

[private]Donald Trump likes to remind the crowds at his rallies that he’s gone 5-0 in special congressional elections held this year.

But Trump faces the real possibility of absorbing his first loss in Alabama, where voters today are deciding the winner of a Republican runoff between U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore.

All the polls show Moore winning, even after Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the Yellowhammer State to campaign for Strange.

Trump is finding that his old arguments about draining the swamp in Washington are being thrown in his face by Moore’s supporters, who criticize Strange as being part of the globalist Republican establishment personified by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Most humiliating for the president was the appearance by his former aide and strategist, Steve Bannon, who gave a rip-roaring speech Monday night for Moore at a rally in Fairhope, Ala.

As reported by Politico:

“For Mitch McConnell and Ward Baker and Karl Rove and Steven Law — all the instruments that tried to destroy Judge Moore and his family — your day of reckoning is coming,” Bannon said, referring to the Republican Senate leader and a trio of prominent GOP strategists backing incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.

“But more important, for the donors who put up the [campaign] money and the corporatists that put up the money, your day of reckoning is coming, too.”

With polls showing Moore leading comfortably, the event was an early victory lap of sorts for the nationalist ex-Trump adviser. Since departing the White House last month, he’s made electing Moore — a like-minded, pugilistic outsider — the first of what he hopes will be many pet projects to oust “globalist” Republican incumbents.

Snellville mayor suspended — by himself

When the mayor of a city is indicted on 66 criminal charges, that mayor usually will find himself suspended from office.

That’s the case with Snellville Mayor Tom Witts, who did the job himself by suspending himself. Had he not done it, Gov. Nathan Deal would have appointed a three-member panel to do the job.

In a statement read at the Snellville City Council meeting Monday night, Witts said: “I am sorry I am unable to be with you tonight, but I will look forward to being with you again as soon as I can deal with the charges that have been asserted against me.”

Executive appointments

The governor’s office announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions —

Augusta University Health System Board of Directors: Thomas M. Blanchard Jr. of Augusta,the CEO of Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company, and Cynthia Mercer of Athens, an OB/GYN with the Athens Women’s Clinic.

Board of Community Supervision: Kevin Little of Monroe, the chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners.

Georgia Board of Nursing: Fredettena “Tena” Fletcher of Barnesville, the director of marketing and admissions at Westbury Health and Rehab in McDonough.

Georgia Circuit Public Defenders Supervisory Council: Robert D. Alexander of Jefferson, a state court judge in Jackson County, and Benjamin A. Vaughn, a Forsyth attorney.

REACH Scholarship Board: Joy Lampley-Fortson of Fairburn, the executive director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity; Michael Patrick of Atlanta, a senior consultant with Chick-fil-a; and Charlie Sutlive of Atlanta, the vice chancellor for communications and governmental affairs of the University System.

Stakeholder Advisory Board: Cory Rayburn of Roswell, a member of Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Tags: Alabama Senate race , Donald Trump , Nathan Deal , Steve Bannon , Tom Witts