Alabama's Doug Jones appoints Black ex-Obama official as chief of staff

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Alabama's Doug Jones took the oath of office in Washington Wednesday, becoming the state's first Democratic U.S. Senator in over 20 years. Roby won her last bid for re-election in 2016 with less than 50 percent of the vote, after withdrawing her support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Corrupting and subverting the democratic process have never been blacks and Latinos "illegally" voting, much less ACORN, George Soros or any other boogeymen.

Prior to Jones's swearing in Sewell was the lone Democrat in Alabama's congressional delegation. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale during her swearing-in ceremony.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Doug Jones from Alabama and Tina Smith from Minnesota. Such a bipartisan approach might concern Democrats, who are eager to seize on the anti-Trump sentiment in the country and use it to win back control of Congress in November. "That is a nonstarter", Jones said.

Senate Republican aides privately conceded that Jones's vote will make it almost impossible to take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act and may quiet talk of a push for a major entitlement overhaul this year.

Jones also this week announced the hiring of key senior staff positions including a legislative director, and a deputy legislative director. Al Franken, who officially resigned Tuesday amid allegations of sexual harassment, most of which were from before he was elected.

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He previously served as Legislative Director to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia.

Jones' decision to pick Dana Gresham would make him the only Democratic senator to have an African-American as his chief of staff. They are joined at far left by their son Christopher Jones, and son Carson Jones, center.

- Alabama, and many other states, refused to give the commission the data they wanted. Let his victory in one of the reddest of states be a lesson to politicians everywhere: if you come after our rights and attack our families, we will organize, mobilize and come after you on Election Day.

Doug Jones defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore in Alabama's special election on December 12.

The decision was likely an easy one for Jones, having been a close friend of Biden's for more than four decades, with Jones once working alongside Biden as a young staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.