It was the best of jobs. It was the worst of jobs.
Mike Rogers and Doug Jones will be up for re-election tomorrow. One deserves your vote, the other does not.
Auburn has two incumbent legislative representatives on the ballot tomorrow. One is a nine-term representative looking to be re-elected for a tenth. The other is completing a partial term in the U.S. Senate, filling the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became Donald Trump's first Attorney General.
Mike Rogers has spent 18 years in Washington, most it in a time when the Republican party held a majority in the House of Representatives and most of that time, the GOP also held a majority in the Senate as well.
So, the veteran solon with years of seniority and legislative accomplishments has gotten a lot accomplished for Alabama? You might think so, but the long-term occupant of Alabama's Third Congressional District seat has managed to file an average of only four bills a year over his 18 years, and managed to pass only one--an amendment that allow companies to write of donations of surplus products to the Department of Homeland Security.
Surprisingly, the bulk of his legislation that he has introduced seemingly has little to do with Alabama. The most common themes in his bills are eliminating U.S. membership in the United Nations, spending more on Mexican border security and helping chiropractors.
Doug Jones arrived in Washington after his December 2017 victory over Roy Moore. In his short time in the capital he has filed more legislation than Rogers has in 18 years.
But wait, isn't that just pushing a liberal agenda? Hardly. A quick scan shows helping Americans become first-time homeowners, building health care equipment in America, supporting mental health research, combatting rural teacher shortages, improving hurricane evacuation routes, providing tax credits for storm shelters, and dozens more "social agenda" items.
The one bill he has managed to get passed in the Republican-controlled Senate and signed by President Trump, preserves, organizes and discloses cold case evidence for civil rights violence.
Doug Jones has earned your vote tomorrow. Mike Rogers has not.