Rich Hobson speaks at a rally for Roy Moore in Fairhope Ala. Credit Brynn Anderson AP
12 January, 2018, 20:24
There's always the opportunity to find common ground, " he said on Fox News Sunday last month.
Vice President Mike Pence conducted the swearing-in ceremony for both Democrats simultaneously.
Republicans already struggle to pass their legislation and it could be even harder now with Jones in the Senate, unless they can convince their new red state colleague to split with Democrats and vote with them on key issues like spending and entitlements.
"The votes are just not there in such a closely divided Senate", said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who served as a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He'll be in D.C., in the Senate gallery, too, when Jones is sworn in on Wednesday.
Smith is known largely as a liberal Democrat who has maintained connections to the state's large and politically powerful business community.
Jones also announced three other senior staff hires. Jones declined during the campaign to say whether or not he would have supported Gorsuch.
Gresham is a product of the Birmingham public school system, graduating from A. H. Parker High School in 1989. In 1994, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in International Politics from Georgetown University.
He is a seasoned manager and federal policy and legislative affairs expert with over twenty-two years of experience in the Legislative and Executive Branches of the U.S. Government. He was nominated for this position by Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in the spring of 2009. "I want to make sure that I have the best staff available".
The news that Jones would tap Gresham was quickly celebrated by some of the activists who'd called for Senate staff diversity.