Roy Moore Running For Senate To 'Make America Good Again'

Toni Houston
April 30, 2017

Moore, who was found guilty in September of violating Alabama's judicial ethics rules, plans to run in a special election later this year for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats.

A poll taken last August, though taken far too early to serve as a reliable bellwether in the future election, showed Moore at the head of the pack with 28.2% support among 600 Republican respondents. He was re-elected as chief justice in 2012, a victory he called a vindication.

Raised in Atmore, Stuart graduated from Auburn University in 1977 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1980.

In a January 6, 2016, memo to probate judges, Moore wrote that a 2015 Alabama Supreme Court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples remained in "full force and effect".

"As United State Senator, I will continue to stand for rights and liberties not only of this state, but of the people as well", Moore said in a brief announcement and the Alabama State Capitol steps Wednesday. "I look forward to working with her as she now leads the judicial branch of state government", Ivey said.

Stuart, the first female Republican chief justice, will serve out the rest of Moore's term, which is set to expire in January 2019. Sue Bell Cobb was the first to hold the office in 2007.

Moore's announcement kicks off a GOP primary battle to see if the crusading jurist can gain traction against business backed candidates who are likely to be better funded.

Eva Kendrick, state director of the Human Rights Campaign Alabama, a gay rights organization, said Moore is seeking "to capitalize on the name recognition he gained for harming LGBTQ people in our state". Upon notice of Mr. Moore's resignation, Governor Kay Ivey appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart to permanently lead the state's highest court.

Moore, who is known largely for his conservative social views, was suspended a year ago from his position atop the Alabama Supreme Court after directing state probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension.

He subsequently ran twice, in 2006 and 2010, for the Republican nomination for governor and fared quite poorly.

Moore told supporters Wednesday, "The foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously". Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion. Former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was appointed to temporarily fill the seat. Others are considering getting in the campaign. Still, I'm dubious of Moore's chances here. "I think I share, and I know I share, the vision of our President Donald Trump to make America great again".

Age restrictions prevent Moore from being reelected to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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