AL: Controversial appointment clouds US Senate race

Source: ABC News

“Alabama Sen. Luther Strange got his appointment to Congress earlier this year from a governor who later resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal. The appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley gave Strange the advantage of incumbency in the race to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate. It also became his chief liability since Strange, as state attorney general, oversaw the investigation of Bentley. ‘He’s got too many Bentley cooties on him. He can’t wash them off,’ said Kevin Spriggs, a Baldwin County voter. The sex-tainted scandal that ended Bentley’s political career is dragging into the U.S. Senate race as rivals try to capitalize on what they see as Strange’s Achilles heel.” (08/05/17)