Roy Moore Is Not Going Anywhere… Neither Will His Voters

As prominent Republicans call for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down amid allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when Moore was 32, the flamboyant Republican is refusing to drop out of the race. In a series of tweets Thursday night, Moore vowed to “NEVER GIVE UP the fight!”

“The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced!” Moore said in the first of four tweets. “We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.”

“The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal –– even inflict physical harm –– if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me,” Moore said in the second tweet in the series.

“I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values!” the third tweet said. “Our nation is at a crossroads right now — both spiritually and politically.”

“Our children and grandchildren’s futures are on the line. So rest assured — I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!” Moore concluded.

The final tweet also contained a statement in which Moore said that the accusations were a “fabrication” and a “completely false and desperate political attack.”

The accusations against Moore are serious and credible enough to end the Senate hopes of a candidate in any era but this one. Republican leaders, including President Trump, have urged Moore to withdraw from the race, but it is Donald Trump’s example that will inspire Moore and his supporters to fight on. After all, it was only last year that Republicans decided that a history of sexual assault was not disqualifying for their presidential nominee.

The Moore campaign can make a credible case that the accusations against Moore are less damning than those against Donald Trump. In Trump’s case, the candidate was caught on tape in 2005 when he was 59. There was no denying the candidate’s own words. In Moore’s case, it is his word against that of his accusers about events almost 40 years ago. Moore says that the accusations are not true and many of his supporters will take him at his word.

There is also a difference in the amount of evidence. At least 16 women came forward against Donald Trump and his supporters considered them all liars in spite of Trump’s admissions on the “Access Hollywood” tape and boasts of sexual conquests in his books. In Moore’s case, the candidate has been happily married for 33 years and does not have a reputation as a ladies man. Even if Moore’s supporters accept the accusations as true, Moore’s track record for the past three decades gives them room to write off the incidents as youthful indiscretions that are not representative of his current character.

Finally, the argument could by made that voters looked the other way with Donald Trump because the possibility that Hillary Clinton would become president was simply to horrible to accept. A similar argument can be made that preserving the Republican majority in the Senate so vital that it is necessary to overlook Moore’s actions of four decades ago.

Republicans have been unable to advance their agenda already and a loss of the Alabama seat would cut the GOP majority to a single vote. This would effectively end any chance of enacting conservative reforms. It would also make it easier for Democrats to win control of the Senate outright next year.

For all these reasons, Roy Moore will not leave the race and the vast majority of Republicans will stand by him. After elevating an admitted philanderer and “p-ssy grabber” to the head of the party of family values and the country as a whole, it will be easy to stand by someone like Moore. After compromising your principles once, it is very easy to do it again.

For a Republican Party that now seems to put politics over character and values, the descent has been swift. A year ago the party found a way to excuse Donald Trump’s behavior as “locker room talk” and private matters between consenting adults. Now many Republicans are well on the way to rationalizing child molestation.

 

 

 

Roy Moore Was Not Kicked Out For Disobeying The Law

As an Alabama voter, I am seeing a lot of people claiming that Roy Moore doesn’t “respect the law” or that he disobeyed the Constitution somehow. Ironically, many of the people making these claims are so-called “conservatives” or “republicans” that are simply parroting left-wing talking points. However, regardless of any propaganda, these facts are blatantly false.

Roy Moore did not get “kicked out of office for violating the law.” He just didn’t. That’s not even close to being true.

Want to know the truth? Roy Moore was kicked out of office by the Judicial Inquiry Commission – a mostly unelected board of attorneys that was appointed by now-convicted criminals. These are primarily business lobby-backed appointments. They issued their ruling in response to a complaint by a far-left activist group, the SPLC. If you’re a person that complains about money in politics, you need to realize that the Roy Moore decision was 100% driven by big money interests – special interest PACs, big businesses, and lobbyists took him down, not a heroic group of respectable judges.

Why was he removed from office in the first place, though? Well, supposedly, it’s because he defied the Supreme Court by ordering Probate Judges to not issue gay marriage licenses. However, that is a false narrative.

The Supreme Court ruling (Obergfell v. Hodges) overturned several state laws that were being challenged. However, no Alabama law was being challenged in the Obergfell case. Therefore, Alabama law does currently still prohibit Probate Judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Did Obergfell open the door for our law to be challenged? Yes. Has it been overturned? No. Therefore, Roy Moore was technically correct, and therefore, there were no legal grounds for removing him as Chief Justice. He had an obligation to enforce the law, and he upheld that obligation.

Let’s face it. When it comes to Roy Moore, Liberals aren’t really concerned with the “supremacy clause,” or the supposed universal authority of the Federal Government over state government. If Roy Moore was a Democrat that had defied the federal government on one of their pet issues, they’d be hailing him as a hero.

If Roy Moore had ordered judges to stop punishing drug offenders while elected as a Democrat, liberals would be throwing him a parade. If the sides of the Obergfell ruling were reversed, they’d be doing the same. This pretense that it’s about a respect for federal law is just a smokescreen. They hate conservative values. That’s all this is. I respect their right to disagree. But that’s what this is, a political disagreement. Not a legal one. if he’d done what he did for the liberals, they’d be defending him as energetically as they are now attacking him. Their anger is about opposing values, not legal procedure.

Now, before you accuse me of looking at this from a biased perspective – I actually support legalizing gay marriage. Or, more accurately, I support removing government from the marriage process entirely. It is not the role of government to regulate the personal or family lives of its citizens. Personally, I believe that marriage is a wholly religious institution – a lifelong covenant between two people and God. Other people have their own definition of marriage, and I have no intention of telling them that they can’t practice their beliefs. That’s the beautiful thing about living in America, all religions and belief systems are (or should be) respected. I agree with the Obergfell decision that those state laws should have been overturned. It’s safe to say that I disagree with Roy Moore on the marriage issue from both a theological and political perspective. However, my personal views on this matter have no bearing on the actual legal facts of the case.

Roy Moore (agree with him or not) followed the law, and was punished for doing so. Not only that, he was punished by everyone that conservatives and libertarians claim to hate – the SPLC, special interest PACs, corrupt politicians, and big corporate lobbyists. Hate him if you want, but at least get your facts straight.

Now, can someone in Colbert County please bring me a Roy Moore yard sign? My old one was damaged.

Trey Edwards is a digital media consultant in Alabama that has managed over 40 winning non-incumbent Republican campaigns. 

BREAKING: Poll Shows Roy Moore Tied in Alabama Senate Race

A surprising new poll shows that Republican Roy Moore is tied with Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. Moore handily defeated incumbent Senator Luther Strange in the Republican primary last month.

In the new poll by Fox News, both Moore and Jones had the support of 42 percent of registered voters. The poll showed that only 53 percent of respondents were extremely or very interested in the race. Of those voters, Jones had a slight led of 46-45 percent.

Previous polling had shown Moore with a lead over Jones. Two polls taken at the end of September showed Moore with a lead of eight and five points respectively. Those polls sampled likely voters, which are historically more accurate than polls of registered voters.

The new poll shows deep divisions in the Republican Party. Forty-two percent of Moore’s supporters have reservations about the GOP candidate, who has a history of controversial behavior and comments. Only 28 percent of Jones voters have reservations.

Moore’s history, including two unfinished terms on the state Supreme Court, explains why a third a Jones voters support the Democrat candidate because they believe that Moore is too extreme. Twenty-one percent say that they are voting against Moore as opposed to voting for Jones.

While campaigning for Luther Strange, President Trump worried that Moore might have problems in the general election. Two months before Election Day, that seems to be a real danger. Thirty-nine percent say that Moore is “out of step” with Alabama compared to 29 percent who say that Jones is too liberal.

In deep red Alabama, the electorate still favors the Republican, but the new poll should be alarming to GOP strategists. Expect both parties to pour money into the state to compete for the 11 percent of voters who are still undecided.

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Moore Will Be Another GOP Maverick – If He Can Win

Judge Roy Moore cruised to victory in the Alabama Republican primary runoff yesterday. Moore’s victory came despite heavy support by President Trump and Republican leaders in Washington for incumbent Luther Strange. In fact, some of the Washington endorsements for Strange probably did more to help Roy Moore than their intended recipient.

President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange had a limited effect. Polling in late August showed Roy Moore with 51 percent and 32 percent for Strange with 17 percent undecided. Moore won the actual vote 55-45 percent, which seems to indicate that a majority of undecided voters broke for Strange.

Politics makes strange bedfellows. Few have been as strange as the alliance between Donald Trump and Luther Strange, who was singled out as a “swamp creature” by many conservatives. Strange was hobbled from the start by opponents who tied him to two recent corruption scandals in Alabama. Strange was among the many Alabama politicians, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who took money from a company that was later charged with bribing a state legislator in connection with an EPA cleanup. He was also tainted by his appointment to the Senate by Gov. Robert Bentley at the same time that Strange, who was then Alabama’s attorney general, was investigating the governor for corruption in a scandal that eventually led to his impeachment.

In spite of appeals by the president and prominent Republicans, most conservative groups rallied behind Moore, who ran primarily against Mitch McConnell, who had also endorsed Strange. The August poll by JMC Analytics found that 45 percent said that McConnell’s endorsement made them less likely to vote for Strange. Forty-six percent said it made no difference.

The antipathy to the Republican leadership comes at an inopportune time. The Republicans have just suffered an embarrassing defeat on Obamacare thanks to a small number of Republican senators who deserted the party to vote against the Republican reform bill. Roy Moore has strong conservative and Christian credentials, but he will not be a senator who can be counted on to stand with the party on votes for bills like Graham-Cassidy.

Moore has a reputation as a maverick and a rebel. Moore was twice elected to the Alabama Supreme Court and was twice removed. In 2003, a panel ruled that Moore had violated the state ethics code and removed him from the bench after he ignored a federal court order instructing him to remove a Ten Commandments monument. In 2015, Moore was suspended again for ordering state judges to ignore the Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. While Moore has remained true to his principles, his actions have not been effective at advancing his agenda.

President Trump, at this weekend rally for Luther Strange, made two key arguments for Strange. The first was that Strange was a loyal legislator who had been a reliable vote for the Trump agenda. Moore overcame this objection by running as a supporter of the Trump agenda, even if he might be less of a sure vote than Luther Strange. “Don’t let anybody in the press think that because he [Trump] supported my opponent that I do not support him,” Moore said in the New York Times after his victory.

Trump’s second point was that Moore might not be electable in the general election. He may have a point there. The eccentric former judge has a history of controversial remarks and even pulled out a pistol at a campaign rally the day before the election. The possibility of Moore pulling “a Todd Akin” and handing to the election to the Democrats with an outlandish comment is a real possibility.

In the crimson state of Alabama, as the Republican candidate, the race is Moore’s to lose. Whether Moore wins or loses, the Republican problems in the Senate will not be resolved and it will still be difficult to advance the Republican agenda. The real loser is the traditional Republican establishment whose endorsements were rejected by voters even as the candidates fought over who was President Trump’s best ally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luther Strange Campaigns Against McConnell Despite Being Backed By McConnell

All eyes are on the Alabama Senate runoff election on Tuesday as President Trump campaigns on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) on Friday evening. Strange is currently running behind Judge Roy Moore by a substantial margin and has now reached the point of desperation by attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Even though he’s backed by McConnell.

Here are some tweets regarding Strange distancing himself from McConnell:

Even Trump is in on this absurd propaganda:

Of course, the idea that Strange is going to stand up to Mitch McConnell is laughably absurd. As Dale’s link to The Washington Examiner pointed out, the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), which is a pro-McConnell PAC, has poured $9 million into the Alabama Senate race on behalf of Strange. In the Senate, Strange has proven himself to be a “rubber stamp” for McConnell and will continue to be one if he win the runoff election.

Conservative Review‘s Chris Pandolfo pointed out that Strange championing himself as a fighter against McConnell shows how politically toxic McConnell has become:

Hopefully Alabamans won’t fall for it. Conservatives have a real chance to cause to strike fear into the hearts of Mitch McConnell and the establishment squishes in D.C. by electing Roy Moore to the Senate.

Trump Stands By ‘Big Luther’ in Alabama Senate Race

 

 

At a rally in Huntsville, Ala. last night, President Trump continued to strongly endorse incumbent Republican Senator Luther Strange. Strange, who is linked to a corruption scandal in Alabama, will face challenger Roy Moore in the Republican primary runoff next Tuesday.

The president kicked off his speech with support for Senator Strange, who he said “will fight for your interests, defend your values and always put America first.” In a rambling speech, Trump said that he liked “Big Luther,” nicknamed for his height, for his loyalty, including a no-strings-attached commitment to vote for the Obamacare reform bill that Trump called the “coolest thing that has happened to me in six months.”

“The last thing I want to is be involved in a primary,” Trump said, adding that he wanted to repay Strange’s loyalty by helping him when he was down in the polls.

“I might have made a mistake,” Trump said of his endorsement. “If Luther doesn’t win, they’re not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. They’re going to say, ‘Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the [finish] line.’”

Trump said that Strange and challenger Roy Moore were “both good men.” The president said that if Moore won the primary, he would be “campaigning like hell for him,” but expressed doubts that Moore could win the general election.

Politico reports that polling in the race shows Moore with a slight lead in the race. Moore was the top finisher in the first round of polling in August, finishing six points ahead of Strange. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Doug Jones in a general election on December 12.

Randy Brinson: Governor Should Call For Ethics Hearing On Luther Strange

NEW: Following our article last Friday about the Alabama Ethics Commission delaying their hearing on possibly felony campaign finance violations by Senator Luther Strange until the day after his special election on the 15th, one of his opponents – Dr. Randy Brinson – announced a press conference for this afternoon. We streamed it live on our Facebook Page here and here, or you can watch it on Brinson’s page here. The press conference was held on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

At today’s press conference, Dr. Brinson called for Governor Kay Ivey to ask the Alabama Ethics Commission to hold their hearing on the report filed by Secretary of State John Merrill as soon as possible, preferably on the originally scheduled date – this Wednesday, August 2nd. The Ethics Commission had a regularly scheduled meeting on that date, but quietly rescheduled it to the 16th with little fanfare. The 16th is the day after the election in which Luther Strange faces 10 opponents in a special election Republican primary. Senator Strange has been dogged by repeated accusations of corruption from many sources since his suspect appointment by now-convicted criminal and former Governor Robert Bentley, after halting the impeachment proceedings against the Governor for over 6 months while he was Attorney General. Brinson, Bentley, Strange, Ivey, and Merrill are all Republicans, as is every other elected statewide official in Alabama. Yesterday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler posted a snarky tweet directed at the sitting US Senator:

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“The Ethics Committee has a duty to the people of the state of Alabama to rule on this issue before the election,” Brinson said. “…if the Ethics Commission cannot resolve this before the election, then we need to seriously consider postponing this election, or we risk having it voided after the fact.” He continued, “… Luther Strange voters, more than any other, need to know if the man they are voting for will be facing a prison term the day after the election. They need to know if their vote will go to a man who will resign before the runoff.” “…There is a referral from the Secretary of State before the Ethics Commission. It is almost identical to the charges that forced Robert Bentley to resign.”

“As the concerns about Strange are very similar to those against Bentley, a similar outcome is very likely. Should this occur, and Strange choose to withdraw from the campaign, those voters who cast their ballots for him would be effectively disenfranchised.”

Randy Brinson has previously been outspoken about the allegations surrounding Luther Strange that we have covered in detail over the past few months. He has referred to Senator Strange as “Mr. Corruption” on the campaign trail and in press conferences.

After his press conference was concluded, Dr. Brinson walked up the stairs of the State Capitol and down the hall to the office of the Governor, where he personally delivered a written letter requesting her immediate action on the matter. He then delivered an identical letter to Secretary of State John Merrill, and sent a letter by Certified Mail to the office of the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Luther Strange & Robert Bentley

Earlier this year, John Merrill filed a nearly identical complaint against then-Governor Bentley, regarding nearly identical violations of the state’s campaign finance laws. That complaint was heard within 90 days, and was immediately referred over for prosecution. The report in question against Luther Strange was filed almost exactly 90 days from the original meeting scheduled for the 2nd. For a more detailed outline of the potential violations committed by Luther Strange, read our previous article on the matter. After the Ethics Committee’s ruling, Governor Bentley immediately negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors and resigned, pleading guilty to both crimes and agreeing to, among other things, pay hefty fines and never run for office again. According to Brinson, without these actions by Merrill and the Ethics Commission, the Alabama voters would have had to spend “untold thousands” of dollars and weeks of precious legislative time going through a lengthy impeachment process. Brinson is asking that Senator Strange be given the same treatment.

Randy Brinson (website) is currently polling in 4th or 5th place depending on who you listen to. He is a veteran, a business owner, and a doctor. He has been endorsed by Roger Stone and Citizens For Trump. Other candidates include Roy Moore, Mo Brooks, Trip Pittman, Bryan Peeples, Mary Maxwell, and more. If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote, the top two vote getters will advance to a runoff election. The Democratic primary and runoff is being held concurrently.

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Trip Pittman On Philosophy And Running For The US Senate: “Liberty Requires Responsibility”

The following interview and analysis is part of our continuing series of exclusive articles on the special US Senate election in Alabama, and the surrounding drama.  About the Author: Trey Edwards is a conservative GOP strategist that works in Alabama. Analysis and opinions are his alone. 

A couple weeks ago, we conducted an interview with Alabama State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Baldwin County), who is one of several Republican candidates running for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed to the position of Attorney General by President Trump.

Trip Pittman jumped into the race at the last minute, throwing a wrench into the proceedings for many of the other candidates. See, he is the only credible candidate running that lives south of Montgomery. While up to half a dozen candidates are competing with rivals practically living in their back yard, Trip is the only candidate with a geographic advantage in Mobile and Baldwin county, two of the top five counties with the most Republican voters in the state. This potentially gives him an early advantage that he could use to springboard himself into a deeply divided field. What ultimately ends up happening remains to be seen, but all eyes are on this special election, and it will be a fascinating one to watch, no matter what happens.

The first thing Senator Pittman will tell you when you meet him is that he’s a businessman – he owns Pittman Tractor Company, which he founded in 1998. They work with customers in Alabama and worldwide. He was born in Birmingham, but moved to Baldwin County at the age of eleven. He got his degree from the University of Alabama, majoring in General Management, while serving in the ROTC program, through which he received a commission in the Army National Guard upon graduation. He served for 5 years with Troop E, 31st Armored Division out of Slyacauga. He met his wife Lynn in Mobile, and they have three adult children – a teacher, an engineer, and a nurse. He served on the Commission for Higher Education from 1994 to 2005. In 2007, he survived a plane crash, and ended up spending nine days in the hospital recovering and re-evaluating his priorities in life. According to him, it was in this moment that he decided to transition into public service and run for office. Almost immediately after his recovery, then-State Senator (now Congressman) Bradley Byrne resigned from his seat after receiving an appointment from Governor Riley.

“I got into a race that was very similar to this one,” Senator Pittman told me. “There were five candidates. All of them had run for political office… At the end of the day, I didn’t receive any endorsements. Didn’t take any PAC money. Ended up winning in a runoff against the establishment candidate with all the Montgomery support. I came to Montgomery and governed, I’ve been in a leadership role, I’ve been the Budget chairman, I’ve balanced every budget that I’ve managed, paid back debt, defeated AEA and passed tenure reform, passed a separate board for the two-year college system… I’ve always supported term limits, so I made the decision to lead by example and step down after two full terms and one partial term in the State Senate. With the election of Donald Trump and subsequent appointment of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, and then the appointment of Luther Strange by Governor Bentley, we’ve ended up with a special election.”

“I decided to put my name in the hat and qualify and give the people of Alabama a choice on who they think would be the best person to represent them.” And with that, we were off to the races.

One of the main policy focuses by Senator Pittman during his terms of service, especially as chair of the Education and General Fund Budget Committees at different times, has been reducing fraud and waste across the board. In fact, he led the fight to pass a bill in the legislature to require people to pass a drug test to get access to PANF government benefits.

“I’ve led the fight on opposing the expansion of Medicaid. We can’t afford to cover more people when we can’t afford to take care of the people that we have.”

“Until you systemically change the rules and regulations that are coming down from the Federal Government, it doesn’t matter how much you put towards Medicaid or towards mental health, or towards corrections.”

Later on, he brought up an issue that I didn’t even realize existed: “We have a million people over 100 years old getting social security,” he explained. “The problem is, there’s only 10,000 people over a hundred years old in the country. We have all these people out there getting benefits that are for somebody else.”

One of the first things that became clear to me as I talked with Senator Pittman is that he’s far more than a businessman. He’s also a policy nerd. Economics is a passion of mine, and we struck up a lively conversation about free markets and individual liberty. “I think the moniker of the Republican Party should become ‘Liberty Requires Responsibility.’ In fact, the Baldwin County Republican Party, at my suggestion, adopted that moniker a couple years ago. The idea that you can have liberty without being responsible is something that will never happen, because ultimately then you are dependent on somebody else to take care of you. And, while we are compassionate and want to help people, we ultimately want to embrace the fact that we want to help everybody be responsible that’s able bodied so that we can take care of the truly needy, and help people to be successful in the free enterprise system. And that’s why I’m running – to help encourage that. To speak to that.”

I remembered that he ran as a Ron Paul delegate back in 2012 – the first time I’d ever seen his name on a ballot, since I live on the other side of the state. I asked him if he saw himself as being in the philosophically libertarian wing of the Republican Party.

“I do,” he responded.  “The libertarians came from the Republican Party in the early 70s when Nixon put on price controls and took us off the gold standard,” he continued. “Philosophically, I align with Dr. Paul and what he believes in. Now, I’m also a realist, as a businessman, and as someone that’s been involved in governing. […] I would submit to people that you  don’t get more conservative after you get elected. I have shown that I have stayed true to my values by standing up against unfair advantages and tax credits – even though I’ve agreed to some, under certain conditions, because I thought they were needed in order to jump-start certain sectors. But I’ve always believed that incentives need to be limited, they need to be sunset, and they need to be targeted. I believe in serving the military, certainly, so I believe in the need for a strong defense. But I think we need to be a lot more careful in terms of what we do and how we do it. I was opposed to the Iraqi war. I felt like, at the end of the day, that we needed to go into Afghanistan to kill the terrorists, but what we did in Iraq was under false pretenses. We’ve got ourselves involved in a lot of wars under less than total facts. […] I believe that we should be careful. In fact, I believe that, beyond the War Powers Act, we should not be putting our men and women in uniform into harm’s way for extended periods of time without a declaration of war.”

This philosophy applies to all aspect of policies for Pittman:

“If you want to know my philosophy, I grew up reading the Foundation of Economic Education… I’m an Austrian. I believe in the free markets. That’s my base. That’s my core values. That’s who Trip Pittman is. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m running as. You know, I want to win, I’m running to win… but we need to have a debate about this.”

“Compassion can be exhibited in a lot of ways, but a nation that has people that are successful can take care of the environment. A nation that is successful can take care of people that have maladies or have problems.”

“The idea that socialism works is absurd, it’s a race to the bottom. If you want to look at examples – people like to look at islands like Madagascar and Easter Island and the Galapagos, and Australia. Look at Taiwan. Look at Cuba. Look at where those countries have come in the last 40 years. Look at a satellite view of North Korea versus South Korea. Look at the lights. Look at the economy. Let’s see what works and what doesn’t work. It’s self evident. […] Free enterprise is the tide that lifts all boats.”

“At the end of the day, you know, innovation and profit motive have created Adam Smith’s invisible hand. This is about people improving their condition in life. It’s like the environment, the history of the world has been man against nature. Finally, in the last 100 years, we’ve gotten to a point where we’re kind of able to break even in some cases.”

The US Senate hopeful takes pride in his consistency:

“I may be a son of a gun, but I’m not a hypocrite.”

His passion to remaining philosophically consistent attracted some negative attention to him in the recently concluded legislative session. He was the only member of either house to vocally and actively oppose a bill that mandated that in-state insurance companies cover some specific procedures related to autistic disorders. He opposed the bill even after it failed to get a single “no” vote in the House, which is controlled by a Republican supermajority. He managed to get several changes to the bill passed in the Senate. After the session wrapped up, he wrote a lengthy op-ed on the topic that I think demonstrates the State Senator’s careful and thoughtful approach to policy, regardless of where you stand on the issue.

Beyond policy, Senator Pittman went into great depth with me about how he felt about the appointment of Luther Strange, who is currently holding the seat, and who is being treated as an incumbent by Mitch McConnell, whose PACs have already spent well over $2 Million supporting him . Pittman explained, “There is a code for prosecutors that say they will not accept anything from people that they are investigating.” […] “The facts are: The Attorney General’s office was investigating Governor Bentley. There was an impeachment move in the House. The Attorney General went to the House Impeachment Committee Chairman, Representative Jones, and told him to stand down because his office was handling it. Subsequent to that, after Attorney General Strange interviewed for the position, and was appointed, he said there was not an investigation, and that he did not ask the House to stand down. And then after he was appointed and Governor Bentley appointed the new Attorney General, [Steve] Marshall, he (Marshall) in fact verified that there was, in fact, an investigation that had already been started under Attorney General Strange’s term, and the was recusing himself and appointing a special counsel. I don’t see how you can be more clear. I think there’s reporters that have written more concisely the timeline and the actual course of events.”

One of those reporters is actually us here at The Resurgent. We’ve covered the corruption scandals surrounding Governor Bentley extensively. You can catch up by reading my recent summary piece here.

As for Strange’s campaign rhetoric to date, Senator Pittman was equally unambivalent:

“Luther Strange spent nine years in Washington as a lobbyist. So you’re going to send someone to Washington that’s been a lobbyist to drain the swamp? As Mo Brooks says, he’s a swamp critter.”

He says he is running to provide a different approach to the issues facing our state and our nation:

“What I can promise to the people of Alabama is that I’m going to do the same thing in Washington that I did in Alabama – that I’m going to go up there and put the light of day on what’s going on. I’m not going to play games. They deserve someone that’s going to go up there and call balls and strikes, and call it like it is, and quit letting people play games, and think about and say why they can’t do stuff. At the end of the day, we owe it to the American people to try to accomplish things that will revive our economy, and to be responsible, and to reward responsible behavior. Because when you reward irresponsible behavior, you get more irresponsible behavior.”

Final thoughts on the race?

“We need a debate. We don’t need a yes man.”

Trip Pittman is a policy-oriented businessman and veteran with a focus on individual liberties and free markets. He wants to cut waste and have a frank debate on issues. If you live in Alabama and that’s what you are looking for, he may be your guy. I’m not endorsing anyone, however – all I ask is that you don’t vote for Luther Strange. In fact, when people ask me who I’m supporting, I tell them I’m voting “Anybody But Luther.” But I’m just one guy. Do your research and make your own decisions. The election is on August 15th.

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