BREITBART – MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
When disgraced former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the United States Senate to replace current United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February, cries of “corrupt bargain” rang across the state.
Strange and Judge Roy Moore face off in the Republican runoff election next Tuesday, September 26, to select the party’s nominee for the December 12 general election to replace Sessions in the Senate. The Real Clear Politics average of polls currently gives Moore an 8.8 percent lead over Strange. President Trump has inexplicably endorsed Strange, going against his political base, which vigorously supports Moore. The president is scheduled to hold a rally with Strange in Huntsville, Alabama this Friday.
The term “corrupt bargain” first appeared in American political history in the election of 1824, when third place finisher Henry Clay of Kentucky threw his support to second place finisher John Quincy Adams in return for his appointment as Secretary of State, thus depriving first place finisher Andrew Jackson of the presidency–at least until the election of 1828 four years later.