Around the South for Jun. 8: AL, VA & TN

Alabama: Sessions offered to resign? Citing two anonymous sources “close to the White House,” the Washington Post says that Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign in view of President Trump’s recent resentment toward him for recusing himself from the Russian investigation, contending that it led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. Trump is also upset, reports the Post, at the Justice Department’s handling of his “travel ban.” Meanwhile, when asked if Trump had confidence in Sessions, who is one of Trump’s earliest allies, White House press secretary Sean Spicer punted: “I have not had a discussion with him about that,” adding, “If I have not had a discussion with him, I tend not to comment on it.” ……. Virginia: Gubernatorial candidates file money reports. As of June 1, reports the Washington Post, on the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had $1.3 million on hand heading into the June 13 primary, while former US Rep. Tom Perriello had $734,000, a significant lead for Northam. For the GOP, former national party chairman Ed Gillespie had $2.4 million on hand, Prince William supervisor Corey Stewart had $186,000 and state Sen. Frank Wagner had $59,000 ……. Tennessee: Blackburn won’t run for governor. US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) announced in Nashville on Tuesday that she will run for reelection next year, and will not run for the US Senate seat held by US Sen. Bob Corker (R). Corker, however, has not yet said whether he will seek reelection, run for governor or spend more time with his family …….