On Saturday, former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville announced his intentions to run for U.S. Senate in Alabama.
Tuberville is seeking the Republican nomination for a shot at facing incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) for the seat that is up in 2020.
News of the former Auburn head coach intentions first broke in a story on CBSSports.com by Dennis Dodd. Tuberville later announced his plans to seek the post on social media. According to Dodd’s report, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will be a part of Tuberville’s team.
After more than a year of listening to Alabama’s citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow. I am humbled to announce the next step — I will be a @GOP candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team. https://t.co/jlW8VdXpoq #TeamTommy #ALSen #MAGA
— Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) April 6, 2019
Tuberville joins Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) as the only announced Republicans seeking to challenge Jones in the 2020 contest. Other potential candidates include Alabama State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R), Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Gary Palmer (R-AL), former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler.
As a head football coach, Tuberville won 159 games while coaching at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. While at Auburn, Tuberville went 13-0 in 2004 and won six games in a row against Auburn archrival Alabama in the Iron Bowl from 2002-2007.
A person associated with Tuberville’s effort told Breitbart News to expect a “more formal” announcement in a few weeks.
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