The Resurrection of Roy Moore

The Resurrection of Roy Moore
politico ^ | Sep 23, 2017 | ERIC VELASCO

Posted on 9/23/2017, 9:12:43 AM by upchuck

In his first job in the justice system, Roy Moore’s challenges to the local establishment effectively got him run out of town.

It was the late 1970s, in Etowah County, in the northeastern part of Alabama. Moore, a young prosecutor, took it upon himself to convene a grand jury to look into whether the sheriff’s department was underfunded, and a local judge filed a complaint with the state bar. Moore then ran and lost an election against the judge, provoking another bar complaint. Both challenges to Moore’s license to practice law were dismissed, but by 1982 he knew it was time to leave.

… Now, decades later, a man who has twice been removed as Alabama’s chief justice for defying federal judges and twice lost the governor’s race in the state—a man who has questioned former President Barack Obama’s citizenship, said “homosexual conduct” should be illegal and suggested the 9/11 attacks were an act of punishment by God—is on the precipice of becoming Alabama’s next U.S. senator.

Moore’s long history of political pugilism might in fact help explain why he is the odds-on favorite to win the upcoming special election to fill the former Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore’s Republican primary opponent, Luther Strange—the former state attorney general appointed temporarily to Sessions’ post in February—has the backing of President Donald Trump and Senate leadership. But Moore’s continued defiance of the political establishment that Strange represents—along with his forthright fundamentalism in an increasingly secular, multicultural world—appeals to a substantial number of Alabama voters: Most polls put Moore comfortably ahead in the September 26 primary runoff. (The winner will square off December 12 against Doug Jones, a Democrat, but no Democrat has won statewide office in Alabama since 2008.)

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