Roy Moore running for Senate despite discouragement from GOP
Never one to back down from a fight, Republican Roy Moore is facing a wall of GOP opposition that includes President Donald Trump as he launches another U.S. Senate bid, testing whether he can overcome the sexual misconduct allegations that helped derail his last run.
The question is whether conservative Alabama voters who only narrowly rejected Moore in favor of Democrat Doug Jones will now be willing to side with a maverick known for opposing gay marriage and defending his courthouse display of the Ten Commandments.
Moore, a one-time kickboxer who was twice removed as Alabama’s chief justice for disciplinary reasons, took on national Republican leaders and others in announcing his 2020 campaign on Thursday.
“People in Alabama are not only angry, they are going to act on that anger. They want Washington, and other people outside their state, out of this election,” Moore said. He blamed his 2017 loss to Jones on “a fraud.”
Despite allegations that he made sexual advances on young women decades ago — claims that helped put a reliably red seat in the Democratic column in 2017 — Moore cast himself as a righteous servant who evokes fear inside the Beltway.
21st June 2019