BREAKING: Roy Moore Wins Alabama Senate Primary Run-Off

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has won the Senate GOP primary run-off tonight, defeating Sen. Luther Strange.  This election was triggered by Jeff Sessions’ appointment to be Attorney General in the Trump Administration.  Sen. Strange was the former Alabama Attorney General, appointed to Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat by disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley amidst questions of corruption.

Moore and Strange were the two top vote getters in the initial primary election back on August 15.  Since neither got over 50%, they went to a run-off.  The GOP establishment went all-in for Strange, pouring millions into the race on his behalf.  Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and other liberal Republicans slandered Moore with millions of dollars in false attacks.  Donald Trump even endorsed Luther Strange and campaigned for him.  Despite all this, Roy Moore consistently led in polling throughout the run-off campaign, so tonight’s result is not a surprise.

He will now face off against Democrat nominee Doug Jones in the special general election on December 12.  As the Republican nominee in Alabama, Moore is heavily favored to win.

Roy Moore rose to prominence in his defense of traditional American values, refusing to apologize for being a Christian and a conservative.  He was first elected as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000.  In 2003, he was farcically removed from office by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building.  He was elected again to be Chief Justice in 2012.  Chief Justice Moore would again be farcically removed from office in 2016, this time for refusing to bow to the Rainbow Jihad in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges.

The corrupt GOP establishment believed that Roy Moore and his political career was dead.  Then, he announced his candidacy for Senate.  Then, he won the GOP nomination.  Next, he’ll be US Senator Roy Moore, and there’s not a damn thing Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, or an Alabama judicial review board can do about it.

We will have a man in office, who reflects the conservative nature of Alabama, rather than the corrupt cronyism that is so common in Washington D.C.  If his past is any indication, he is also a man who is fearless in standing up for conservatism.  Let Roy Moore be a lesson for all of us in what perseverance and conviction can do.

With Bob Corker announcing his retirement and Roy Moore one step closer to the Senate, today was a good day for conservatism.

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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.

Vote for Judge Roy Moore in Alabama




I meant to put this up sooner than now, but I have been near perpetually side tracked in the past few weeks. When I read in Politico that Mitch McConnell is lamenting Steve Bannon spending funds against incumbent Republicans it reminded me I need to do so.

It is really rich for McConnell to be complaining about someone spending money against Republicans in primaries when he is the chief culprit of doing so. McConnell turned the NRSC into an incumbent protection racket and even notoriously pushed the NRSC into support Charlie Crist against Marco Rubio and David Dewhurst against Ted Cruz. He also, after Arlen Specter became a Democrat, wanted the GOP to hold its fire against Specter. McConnell even help rally Democrats to keep Thad Cochran in the Senate against Chris McDaniel, who had the support of the base in Mississippi.

The brilliance of the Citizens United case is not that it lets big money into politics, but that it gives the grassroots a fighting chance to raise money against the establishment. There are plenty of Republican incumbents who need to be defeated and their votes to prop up Obamacare are proof. But McConnell would rather spare them because he never really wanted to repeal Obamacare since it would undermine Kentucky’s own Obamacare expansion.

Roy Moore is a great disrupter. In Alabama, McConnell has poured Republican dollars down a black hole to try to get the corrupt Luther Strange elected. Strange was appointed by the former Governor of Alabama after convincing the Alabama legislature not to impeach that governor. The deal looks increasingly crooked and several legislators have stepped forward to say Strange was himself on the verge of being impeached.

Moore would vote against Mitch McConnell and will be a reliable vote for conservatives, not for the establishment. We need Moore in the Senate and we need Strange out of the Senate. If you live in Alabama, I highly encourage you to vote for Roy Moore.

Poll: Roy Moore Is Heavy Favorite In Alabama Senate Runoff




A new poll shows that former judge Roy Moore has a landslide-size lead in the runoff to decide which Republican faces the Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special Senate election. The poll by JMC Analytics found that Moore currently has a lead of almost 20 points over Luther Strange, the sitting Senator appointed to fill the seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The poll, which contacted Alabamans from across the state, found that 51 percent of respondents who were considering voting in the runoff favored Moore. Thirty-two percent planned to vote for Strange with 17 percent undecided.

The big surprise from the poll was how ineffective the Republican endorsements of Strange have been. President Trump carried Alabama with 62 percent of the vote last year, but his endorsement of Strange seems to have had no net effect at all. The poll found that 51 percent said that Trump’s endorsement made no difference. The remainder were split almost evenly between those who said that Trump’s endorsement helped Strange (25 percent) and those who said it hurt him (23 percent).



Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fared even worse. Forty-six percent said McConnell’s endorsement made no difference while 45 percent said it made them less likely to support Strange. Only 10 percent seemed to value McConnell’s endorsement.

Sixty-eight percent self-identified as evangelical Christians. Roy Moore, who is considered a hero by many Christians for his battles to keep a monument to the Ten Commandments in the State Supreme Court building and for his refusal to uphold the Supreme Court ruling instituting same-sex marriage, has a definite advantage among Christian voters. The poll shows Moore with 58 percent support among evangelicals.

Luther Strange has been bedeviled by several corruption scandals. Strange, the former attorney general of Alabama, was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Robert Bentley who was forced to resign in disgrace. Strange, who was in charge of the investigation into Bentley’s extramarital affair and the ensuing cover-up and abuses of power, has been accused of delaying the impeachment proceedings against the former governor.

Strange and many other Alabama politicians also took donations from two companies that are accused of paying outright bribes to state legislator Oliver Robinson. The $360,000 in bribes were associated with an Alabama coal company’s attempt to avoid paying for the EPA cleanup of a toxic site.

Finally, Strange s the subject of an investigation into two felony campaign finance violations. An ethics hearing was originally scheduled for August 2, but was moved to August 16, the day after the initial primary election.

Moore was the top finisher in the first round of polling with 38 percent to Strange’s 32 percent. Pre-election polling had showed the two men in a virtual dead heat. Since neither candidate received a majority, a runoff was scheduled for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12.

The new poll was conducted among 515 likely voters and the margin of error is 4.3 percent.

 

 

Here’s the Best Way for Alabama Voters to Rebuke Mitch McConnell Tomorrow




All the polling in Alabama shows Judge Roy Moore is going to come in first tomorrow and go into a run off for the Alabama Senate seat replacing Jeff Sessions. The second spot, however, is neck and neck.

The best way for Alabama voters to rebuke Mitch McConnell tomorrow is to vote for Mo Brooks. Stopping Luther Strange from getting into the runoff will send a strong signal that Alabama voters are opposed to the status quo.

If Strange gets into the runoff, starting Wednesday morning Roy Moore is going to be the subject of a massive barrage of negative attacks. Mitch McConnell will rain down money all over the state of Alabama to destroy Roy Moore.



If Mo Brooks is in the runoff with Moore, McConnell and his lobbyist friends will sit out the race. The McConnell team only wants Luther Strange and they’ll do whatever it takes to get him. Moore is probably not going to be able to withstand the massive air war and ground war against him. McConnell and his thugs are ruthless and will do anything and everything to stop him. Look what they did to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.

You want to rebuke McConnell and you want to ensure a conservative fighter gets the seat? Vote Mo Brooks tomorrow. Roy Moore is going to be in the runoff, but who gets in the runoff with him will decide whether the GOP establishment gets a strong message or affirmation.

Celebrity Endorsements Reveal the Crazy New World of GOP Politics




It’s not unusual to see famous lending their name to the campaigns of Democratic candidates, but celebrity endorsements of Republicans is by far not the norm. In fact, if you lived in the past – say, 2000 or so – and I visited you in a time machine from the future and told you that celebrity endorsements were a feature of a Senate campaign in Alabama, you would probably have me institutionalized!

But this is post-2016 America, and apparently anything goes in the GOP. In the race to replace Republican Senator turned Attorney General Jeff Sessions, two of the biggest candidates are benefitting from some star power.



On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring, endorsing Luther Strange, who is currently filling the position after Sessions’ departure for the Cabinet.

Not only does Strange have the weight of the POTUS behind him, but Trump also has the considerable following that only a celebrity who had a life in the spotlight before politics. Trump fans – and Luther Strange fans – can view it as a double-barrelled endorsement.

On the other hand, Judge Roy Moore is basking in the glow of an endorsement from none other than Chuck Norris.

“Judge Roy Moore is the real deal: He’s tough, tested, and has a spine of steel,” Mr. Norris, who previously endorsed Mr. Moore’s successful 2012 race for chief justice, said in a news release Monday, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“The Washington establishment knows they won’t be able to count on him, but Alabama voters can,” Mr. Norris said. “Judge Moore has never backed down from standing for what is right, and that’s exactly what he’ll do in the U.S Senate. That’s why the Washington establishment is spending millions trying to defeat Judge Moore.”

The “Walker, Texas Ranger” star said Mr. Moore “always” puts principles over politics, and said he will work to protect Americans’ First and Second Amendment rights, as well as “our constitutional rights to life.”

Mr. Moore returned the praise, saying, “Chuck Norris is exactly the kind of guy you want on your side,” CBS reported.

I’ll let you write your own Chuck Norris jokes here…

For so many years, conservatives haven’t really cared what celebrities think about the candidates they’re interested in. But we’re in the Donald Trump era where the clout of the famous carries some weight and folks like Kid Rock are running for office (I still can’t get over that one). Maybe this is a blip in history on which we’ll all look back and laugh, or it could be the new normal in Republican politics. Either way, the star-studded attention on the Alabama Senate race is pretty fascinating.

Gun Owners of America Endorses Two Candidates In Alabama Special Senate Election




The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has endorsed two candidates for senator in the race to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by Donald Trump to become  attorney general. Interestingly, neither of the two recommended candidates is the sitting Republican senator who was appointed to Sessions’ seat in the interim by a former governor.

In a press release, the GOA said that it supports Rep. Mo Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Judge Roy Moore to fill Sessions’ seat in the Senate. Tim Macy, chairman of the GOA, praised Brooks and Moore for their “strong, uncompromising records on gun rights.”

“Mo Brooks has an ‘A’ rating from GOA as U.S. Representative, and Judge Moore has long been an articulate, and uncompromising, champion for gun rights,” Macy said in the release. “Either of these candidates would fight for gun rights, instead of the D.C. establishment.”



The current frontrunner in the field of 11 Republicans and eight Democrats is the incumbent Senator Luther Strange. Strange was appointed to fill Sessions’ seat by the disgraced Robert Bentley, who was forced to resign as governor after his affair with Rebekah Mason and the subsequent cover up became a national scandal. Strange previously served as Alabama’s attorney general and had responsibility for investigating Gov. Bentley’s crimes. The circumstances of Strange’s appointment as he investigated the governor left a sour taste in the mouths of many Alabamans, especially after accusations that Strange intentionally delayed the impeachment proceedings against Bentley for six months.

Some political opponents are also attempting to tie Strange to the case of Oliver Robinson, a state legislator accused of taking $360,000 in bribes. The Project on Government Oversight reported that Strange and many other Alabama politicians, including Jeff Sessions, took money from Drummond Coal and Balch & Bingham, a Birmingham law firm. Drummond and Balch are accused of paying bribes to Robinson in connection with an EPA Superfund site that would have cost the coal company tens of millions of dollars in cleanup funds.

The Alabama Ethics Commission was also scheduled to hold a hearing on alleged campaign finance violations by Strange on August 2. The Resurgent reported that the hearing was postponed until August 16, the day after the Republican primary for the special election.

The reason that GOA is not supporting Strange is a simple one. “Strange has pledged his loyalty to Senate leaders,” Macy said. “Unfortunately, he has quickly become a ‘Swamp Creature.’”

The Washington Examiner reported that the Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC affiliated with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), spent millions of dollars to buy attack ads against both Brooks and Moore. The support from McConnell will further cement the perception that Strange is part of the Republican establishment.

Mo Brooks is currently a congressman from Alabama’s fifth district, which incorporates the northern part of the state. Brooks has served in the House of Representatives since 2011. He endorsed Ted Cruz for president in 2016 and was critical of Donald Trump throughout the campaign, a fact which Strange has used to attack him. In 2011, the American Conservative Union called Brooks the most conservative member of the Alabama House delegation. He maintains an 89 percent lifetime rating from the ACU.

Roy Moore is best known outside Alabama for his battle with the federal judiciary over the Ten Commandments. As chief justice, Moore kept a promise to install a Ten Commandments monument in the state Supreme Court building. He was removed from office by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2003 for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove the monument. He was reelected as chief justice in 2012, but was forced to resign for refusing to uphold the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Both Brooks and Moore have a large following in Alabama, while Strange has the advantages of incumbency and support of the party leadership. Recent polling shows Strange and Moore in a statistical heat with 35 and 33 percent respectively. Brooks trails with 16 percent.

The primary vote for the special election will be held on August 15. If no Republican earns more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff on September 26. The special election will be held on December 12.