Far-right conservative Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is facing broad, high-level Republican resistance to his just-announced 2020 candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Democrat Doug Jones.
“We’ll be opposing Roy Moore vigorously,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday.
“Alabama can do better than Roy Moore,” Alabama’s senior Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters. Asked about the possibility of Moore winning the Republican nomination, “I don’t think it’s good for the party nationally. … I don’t think it would help the president, I don’t think it would help anybody running.”
President Trump made it clear last month that he believes that Moore would not win in a rematch against Jones, when he tweeted, “If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!”
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
In 2017, Moore was narrowly defeated by Jones in a run-off election to represent Alabama in the Senate after succumbing to suspicious, controversial accusations against him about sexual misconduct with teenage girls several decades ago. He denied the accusations and called them “a fraud,” when he lost the 2017 election by 22,000 votes out of 1.3 million cast.
In December, the Alabama Attorney General opened an investigation into whether a disinformation campaign targeting Moore during the 2017 election violated campaign election and effectively swung the results of the election Jones’ way.
Moore knows he has little support from the national Republican political apparatus going forward but that does not seem to be a deterrence, as he believes he has a great deal of grassroots support in his home state.
In April McConnell told Senators to distance themselves from Trump in 2020. Perhaps he should be concerned with his own race in Kentucky and leave Alabama alone.
— Judge Roy Moore (@RealJudgeMoore) June 20, 2019
The Sun Herald reported …
Moore retains a strong following among some evangelical voters. He was twice elected the state’s chief justice but was twice stripped of those duties after a judicial ethics panel said he defied, or urged defiance of, federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.
“I’m a hundred percent behind Judge Moore,” said supporter Tim Sprayberry of Cleburne County, as reported by the Herald. “Judge Moore is one of the few candidates that I have ever seen that will tell you he is going to do something, and he does it regardless of what the consequences to him personally or his political career.”
The competition for the Republican Senate nomination will be stiff, with several other candidates already having tossed their hats in the ring, to include: U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, legislator Arnold Mooney, and businessman Stanley Adair.
“People in Alabama are not only angry, they are going to act on that anger,” Moore said Thursday at his announcement. “They want Washington, and other people outside their state, out of this election. … Why does the mere mention of my name cause people to get up in arms in Washington D.C? Is it because I believe in God, and marriage and morality in our country? … Are these things embarrassing to them?”
Watch this brief segment of Moore’s announcement …
Video by CNN
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