GOP Senator Tommy Tuberville Loses Top Military Adviser In Embarrassing Blow

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), who occupies the U.S. Senate seat once held by Democrat Doug Jones, has been refusing to assent to a large number of nominations and promotions for military officials in outrage over the Defense Department policy that provides support for certain personnel seeking an abortion who must travel to access the procedure. Now, his top adviser on issues of national security has left his team.

That individual is Morgan Murphy, who is also a two-decade veteran of the U.S. Navy and was evidently at odds with the characterization in a recent article from The Washington Post suggesting he himself was a prime originator of the strategy Tuberville is employing. “He is the boss and calls the shots and always has,” Murphy said, according to POLITICO. “I am, was, at the end of the day, a staffer. I didn’t take kindly to a perception otherwise.” Sources “said the Post story’s presentation of Murphy’s role in the blockade irked Tuberville,” per that same publication.

The Senate has many opportunities for approving certain moves via unanimous consent, but as the name for that process suggests, just one member deciding to oppose whatever is under consideration can substantially delay actual progress. Even Republican leadership has broken with Tuberville over his objections to swiftly moving forward with the disputed military personnel placements, though it’s not as though Mitch McConnell necessarily has much recourse available for his use. Tuberville is accountable to the voters across Alabama, before whom he’ll have to again go in 2026 — not for a while.

Most of the time, it seems like Tuberville promotes essentially conventional conservative politics, antagonism and all. Tuberville recently claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic “really brought it out how bad our schools are and how bad our teachers are — in the inner city. Most of them in the inner city, I don’t know how they got degrees, to be honest with you. I don’t know whether they can read and write.” Obviously, those comments are flatly absurd and seemed steeped in blatant racism towards people living in “inner city” environments. Tuberville himself is an ex-football coach.