GOP has judged Moore, vows no support for Senate bid

Friday, June 21, 2019
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Alabama - Roy Moore speakingRoy Moore announced this week he will run for the U.S. Senate again and a political analyst says he has a good chance of winning if Republicans back him.

But that doesn’t seem to be in the cards, at least for now, for the former chief justice.

"I'm ready to do it again,” Moore announced this week, “and, yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020."

Enjoying statewide name recognition and a reputation for his Christian demeanor, Moore was expected to cruise to victory in 2017 to keep the crucial Senate seat in GOP hands. But that momentum was derailed when women began coming forward to The Washington Post and accusing Moore of unwanted touching and even sexual assault.

Within days of the first Post story, Moore’s sure win looked less certain despite his claims of a smear campaign.

Despite the allegations, many Alabama voters stood beside Moore but his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones (pictured below), narrowly defeated him 49-48 percent.

Moore lost to Jones by approximately 23,000 votes of 1.3 million that were cast.

Alabama - Doug Jones speakingNow comes the rematch.

A poll of Alabama voters, conducted in April by Mason-Dixon, found 27 percent of voters picked Moore over five other GOP candidates. Coming in second, with 18 percent, was U.S. Rep Mo Brooks.

A quarter of the respondents said they were undecided.

Meanwhile, the national GOP has all but abandoned Moore and moved on. In the era of the “Me Too” movement, the chief justice who once fought for the Ten Commandments is now ridiculed for chasing teen girls around the mall as a grown man.

“This place has enough creepy old men,” Sen. Martha McSally, asked about his Senate bid, told Politico.

Other less-colorful opposition has come from Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader, as well as Alabama’s GOP senator, Richard Shelby.

Trump and Mitch McConnell“I would oppose Roy Moore,” he told the media. “I will not be by myself, I hope.”

Moore’s worst critic has been President Trump, who stated via Twitter weeks ago that Moore “probably won’t” win and the GOP cannot afford to lose Alabama’s seat for a six-year term.

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, which endorsed Moore’s senate run, vocally defended Moore against the women’s accusations three years ago and says Moore deserves GOP support during his new bid for the seat.

“Is the GOP going to stand on the sidelines and allow the slaughter to be repeated again?” he says of Moore, who did not deny pursuing late-teen girls but maintained he never acted inappropriately.  

OneNewsNow, in fact, was among few media outlets to report when three witnesses came forward on Moore’s behalf to dispute the claims of Moore accuser Beverly Nelson. She told the media that Moore assaulted her when she worked at a Gadsden restaurant, but the witnesses said they never saw Moore eat there and never saw Nelson working there either.

Chambers

At the same time Moore was calling the accusations “fake news” in an ode to Trump, an Associated Press story published a five-paragraph story that failed to describe the three eyewitnesses’ claims and mostly rehashed the accusations against Moore.

Chambers tells OneNewsNow he is encouraged that the same Mason-Dixon survey found 50 percent want Jones to be replaced and 40 percent wanted him re-elected. Another 10 percent are undecided. 

“I think certainly Doug is the underdog here,” Chamber says. “And he's wearing the Democratic badge.”

 


Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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