Judge Roy Moore Bucks Establishment In Run For US Senate
May 21, 2017 by Andrew West
The modern political era is rife with straw men willing and able to do whatever it takes to stay elected. Luckily, good men still exist in the halls of government.
Such is the case of Judge Roy Moore of Alabama. The fiercely conservative figure in the Alabama senate race has long been considered the right’s choice when it comes to social issues, facing suspension and career-ending malice on more than one occasion. Still, Moore continues to fight on.
Now, in the face of massive elitist opposition, the story is no different. The special election to be held in Alabama this year will certainly shape the state’s foreseeable future, and one establishment candidate is hoping to seal up that premonition with more of the same, politically speaking.
“Republicans in Washington, D.C., are fiercely lining up behind Sen. Luther Strange in this year’s special election to finish the U.S. Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the nation’s best known state judge says he is ready to battle big GOP dollars in the primary and defend the Constitution in Washington.
“’I think I can take the values of this state and my particular qualifications to the Senate to help us get this country back to what it should be,’ Judge Roy Moore told WND and Radio America. ‘I have had a lot of study in the Constitution of the United States. I understand its meaning, and I understand how far away we’ve drifted from that document. Underlying all of this is virtue and morality, which comes from God, and we’re trying to deny that God upon which our morality is founded.’
“Moore is most famous for twice being elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and effectively removed twice as well. Moore lost his job the first time in 2003 for refusing to obey a federal court order requiring a Ten Commandments monument to be removed from the court.”
Moore’s commitment to America is unparalleled in modern politics, which has devolved into a terrible parody of itself in recent years. Where most politicians are busy trying to stay elected, Roy Moore has kept busy truly governing, and, in the process, putting a whole mess of other politicians to shame.
The Senate Republicans’ campaign arm is threatening GOP consulting firms not to work against Sen. Luther Strange in the upcoming primary election.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which recruits and defends Republican candidates, could not immediately be reached for comment. Politico first reported on the NRSC’s stance.
“We have made it very clear from the beginning that Sen. Luther Strange would be treated as an incumbent,” NRSC spokeswoman Katie Martin told Politico, according to remarks posted by the Andalusia Star. “It has also been a clear policy that we will not use vendors who work against our incumbents.”
Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, who is among three challengers to Strange so far, confirmed the facts of the report to AL.com.
“I’ve run across a few [consultants] that do work for [the NRSC] and they’re not willing to take on anybody that would get them in trouble with [the NRSC],” Henry said. The state lawmaker said he was rebuffed by D.C. consultants and will pick from two Alabama-based consultants to assist his campaign.
The NRSC’s push to make it more difficult for Strange’s opponents to hire political consultants gives the senator a larger advantage in holding on to his seat as the summer’s special election looms.
“If [Strange is] going to have $10 million worth of TV ads bombarding the state of Alabama, and no one in the state of Alabama has the ability to compete with that type of media presence, [then] Washington, D.C., through Luther Strange, will be dictating what the message is, and it’s just another example of how far our country has fallen,” Henry said.
Strange has been a senator for nearly four months after he was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general.
Aside from Henry, Christian Coalition of Alabama president Dr. Randy Brinson, and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore have announced they are running for the Senate seat.
Strange will be well-funded for the special election; he has more than $763,000 cash in hand in his campaign account.
“Anyone who runs against Luther is going to have every oppo shop in DC and elsewhere digging up their past and airing their dirty laundry,” said West Honeycutt, a D.C. political consultant and Alabama native.