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Report: Ala. Conservatives Want Richard Shelby Censured for Not Backing Roy Moore

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Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Saturday, 13 January 2018 06:42 PM

Alabama conservatives want to censure Sen. Richard Shelby for not backing controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in last month's special election — and Moore backers recently mounted a robocall effort against the six-term legislator.

Two days before the Dec. 12 election, Shelby said he "couldn’t vote for Roy Moore," a former Alabama Supreme Court judge who was facing sexual-assault allegations.

Shelby, 83, said he would instead write in the name of another unnamed Republican — and conservatives contended that his non-endorsement effectively handed the election to Democrat Doug Jones.

This week, three Moore supporters proposed to the Alabama Republican Party executive committee that Shelby be censured, Politico reports.

The supporters' resolution argued that Shelby "publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore."

Further, it said that Shelby's "public speech was then used by the Democrat candidate in robocalls to sway voters to not vote for Judge Roy Moore."

Last month, a pro-Moore outside group, Courageous Conservatives PAC, ran robocalls calling on Shelby to resign, Politico reports.

"Sen. Richard Shelby stabbed President Trump and conservatives in the back," one of the calls said. "Tell Shelby you’ll never forget his disloyalty to President Trump and the Republican Party for his treasonous actions.

"Tell Shelby he’s betrayed his trust to Alabamians and he should resign his office," Politico reports. "Call now."

The effort is being paid for by Christopher Ekstrom, a Dallas investor and top Republican donor, who has contributed close to $300,000 to conservatives since 2012, according to federal records.

Ekstrom equated Shelby with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, two outspoken critics of President Donald Trump who are retiring after this year.

"We no longer have Bob Corker to kick around," he told Politico in an interview. "We no longer have Jeff Flake to kick around — but we do have Richard Shelby to kick around up and down the street until he gets out."

A Shelby spokeswoman said the censure effort could split Republicans at a critical time.

"It is unfortunate to hear that instead of unifying the party ahead of its important 2018 election cycle, people within the Alabama GOP are making a shortsighted attempt to divide the party over Sen. Shelby’s noble stance," Blair Taylor told Politico.

However, Shelby's decision to not support Moore was key to the decision to build a $1.6 billion Toyota/Mazda plant in the state, the Business Council of Alabama said Saturday.

"With the recent announcement of the F-35 Lightning landing in Montgomery and the decision for Toyota/Mazda to choose Huntsville, Alabama, this week, only one man made that happen ... Senator Shelby," President and CEO William Canary told AL.com.

"Because of his unwavering courage and leadership, he made this happen," he said. "Without his principled stands, [Toyota and Mazda] would have gone to North Carolina, especially if Mr. Moore was elected."

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Alabama conservatives want to censure Sen. Richard Shelby for not backing controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in last month's special election - and Moore backers recently mounted a robocall effort against the six-term legislator.Two days before the Dec. 12...
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