A Nebraska Congressman sees the special Alabama senate election as a symptom of a broken political process.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, says Alabama lost and America lost as voters compromised to vote for either Democrat Doug Jones or Republican Roy Moore.
“Elections are supposed to at least have some semblance of unity afterward, but this one’s going to create more divide,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fortenberry says the answer is to return to some reasoned governance where there is an embrace of the possibility; what he calls creative, imaginative, innovative possibility of good public policy.
Whether the special election in Alabama is isolated or a foreshadow of problems for Republicans in 2018 is difficult to discern, according to Fortenberry. He does say the special election Tuesday is just another illustration of the fact that Americans no longer feel they can trust the political process, because it was controlled by big ideology, big money, and outside interest groups.
“Whether or not it portends a greater trend, I don’t know, but it is symptomatic of a fractured, broken political system,” Fortenberry says. “We can and must do better in this country.”
Democrat Jones upset Republican Moore in the special election to fill former Senator turned Attorney General Jeff Session’s seat. Jones took 49.92% of the vote in the unofficial tally with Moore winning 48.38%. Interestingly, nearly two percent of those who cast ballots wrote in some other name, a greater percentage than Jones’ margin of victory.
Though Alabama is a strongly Republican state, Moore struggled to overcome voter apprehension stemming from allegations he attempted to date teen-agers in his 30s, some of whom charged Moore either sexually assaulted them or attempted to assault them.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]