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By Michael F. Haverluck, OneNewsNow.com, July 7, 2017
After being removed twice for refusing to abide by federal court rulings in defense of the posting of the Ten Commandments in public areas, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is now the leading candidate – as seen in internal polling – to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated United States Senate seat.
According to Politico Pro’s Daniel Strauss,fellow candidate – and current member of Congress – Mo Brooks’ internal polling indicates that Moore is leading all competitors with 31 percent, with Sen. Luther Strange in second at 23 percent and Brooks trailing closely behind in third with 21percent, with nearly a dozen other candidates registering less than 5 percent of the vote.
The second-place candidate, however, has run into some controversy, helping out Moore’s candidacy.
“Then-Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange to the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. attorney general by President Donald Trump,” Newsmax reported. “But when Bentley was forced to step down earlier this year amid scandal, his replacement, Gov. Kay Ivey, scheduled a special election for August. Bentley was criticized by fellow Republicans for naming Strange, whose state attorney general’s office was investigating Bentley on corruption charges.”
And even though Moore is a modern-day hero with most Evangelicals and many conservatives for his stand for the Ten Commandments, he has some negative publicity of his own to deal with – especially from those who argue that America’s Christian roots should be forgotten under the so-called “Separation of Church and State” … even though it was designed to keep the government from meddling in Church affairs, not the other way around.
“Moore himself is not without controversy, but has a loyal following in the deep red state,” Newsmax’s Greg Richter pointed out. “He first rose to national prominence when – as a county circuit judge – he refused to remove a wooden plaque of the Ten Commandments and to cease prayers before his court sessions.”
Even though Moore had a race to run, his biblical convictions never took a back seat to moving forward in his career.
“But after a successful race for state chief justice in 2000, Moore kept a vow to install the Commandments at the State Supreme Court,” Richter noted. “He had a sculptor produce a 5,000-pound granite monument and had it placed in the Supreme Court building’s rotunda. His refusal to remove it got him removed from office in 2003, but he won again in 2012.”
The Christian judge’s biblical convictions eventually cost him his post … again.
“Moore was suspended in 2016 for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage,” Richter recounted. “Moore maintained he had the authority to order the state’s 67 county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore eventually resigned.”
Unfazed by adversity
Despite the controversy, Moore’s reputation is still untarnished to many who believe he did the right thing – by the law and by God.
“[Moore] could be an unusually strong obstacle for Strange [in the current race] in an age of unsettled Republican primaries,” Politico Pro’s Strauss stressed. “Moore is hoping his years of high-profile religious fights on the Alabama Supreme Court will fuel his run more than a high-budget campaign would have.”
Some are concerned that both of Moore’s major competitors are significantly outspending him, but the Bible-minded judge has come out victorious in every one of his past races – despite the fact that he has spent far less money on each of them.
Resembling the age-old adage that “money can’t buy you happiness,” it is noted that in the world of politics that money cannot buy you victory either.
“Sometimes, the most money – or pull – does not guarantee a candidate a polling lead,” altoday.com’s Phil Ammann stressed. “While incumbent Sen. Luther Strange has financial and institutional support, and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks gathering congressional backing, it is former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore leading in the GOP primary for Strange’s Senate seat.”
Unless there are drastic changes in near future, Moore is expected by many to comfortably ride his lead to victory in Alabama.