Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is like a bad penny. He keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, and he just did it again for the second time within two years.
He announced Thursday afternoon that he’s going to run again for a U.S. Senate seat against the Democrat who defeated him before.
Pundits agree that the most vulnerable 2020 U.S. Senate seat will be that held by Alabama Democratic Doug Jones. He won it in a 2017 special election to fill the vacancy left By Jeff Sessions, who was appointed as President Donald Trump’s first attorney general.
Jones squeaked past Moore by fewer than 22,000 votes, winning a seat that had been solidly Republican for two decades. A year earlier Trump won 62 percent of that state’s voters to his side, versus the 34 percent Hillary Clinton won.
So far three other Republicans have declared their intention to run for the seat: U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, State Rep. Arnold Mooney, and Tommy Tuberville.
Pundits and strategists say that 2020 may bring as many as 10 more Republican candidates.
2020 will be a different ballgame than the 2017 special election. President Donald Trump will head the ballot and bring more GOP candidates along with him. On the minus side, however, Jones is not the typical Democrat, especially when considering the party’s hard turn to the left.
GovTrack, which records legislative voting records, reported Jones to be a principled Democrat, voting with Republicans as often as he does his own party.
For that reason, coupled with the fact that he’ll be running as an incumbent, Republican strategist Ford O'Connell tells Newsmax that the Alabama race will likely be a tossup.
Moore has proven to be a flawed candidate. During his last run numerous women accused him of inappropriate sexual advances back when he was in his 30s and the women were in their teens — one as young as 14. Moore’s fumbling, inconsistent, and incoherent responses led to his 2017 defeat.
Conservative talk radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity responded with an ultimatum.
“You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistency. Remove any doubt. If you can’t do this, then you need to get out of this race,” Hannity insisted.
“The American people deserve 100 percent truth and honesty. We needed to correct answers first time on issues of this serious. You owe that to the people of Alabama, to the Republican Party that you represent and to the country which is suffering under so many problems. We deserve answers and consistent answers,” he added.
Moore never did offer an adequate explanation, and as a result he lost the race.
However, Sessions held that seat for 20 years, and Alabama’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Shelby, said Wednesday that Sessions may be considering another go at it.
“Sessions, I don’t think, has ruled it out,” Shelby told reporters. “I’ve talked to him about it. I think if he ran, he would be a formidable candidate. Formidable. I’ve not encouraged him to run, but he’s a friend, and if he ran, I think he’d probably clear the field.”
And at a time when the GOP is holding on to a slim majority in the Senate, a “formidable” opponent to Jones would be a godsend to the GOP, especially after Moore’s announcement.
Moore was asked Thursday why he believes he could defeat a candidate that he couldn’t in 2017. He resonded: “Because I think I won the last election if it were not for the false tactics used by the Democratic operatives in Washington D.C. and the false information that was put out.”
Sound familiar? Democrat Stacey Abrams lost her 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp by nearly 55,000 votes. Seven months later she still refuses to concede, claiming the GOP cheated.
The similarity wasn’t lost on Republican strategist Chris Barron, president of Right Turn Strategies. He observed, “Stacy Abrams and Roy Moore. Opposite sides of the same brain dead coin.”
An early drill for typing students goes, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party."
That drill can now be used as a message to Sessions. Jeff, are you listening? Your party needs you.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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