Three people with direct knowledge of Roy Moore’s (R) thinking tell the Associated Press that they expect him to jump into the 2020 race for U.S. Senate in Alabama.
The Birmingham News confirms Moore is running.
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) plans to announce his plans for U.S. Senate on Thursday, a decision that could shape the Republican field for the next nine months of the primary race, USA Today reports.
A defiant Roy Moore brushed aside Donald Trump’s warning not to run for Senate again, telling Politico on Wednesday that Alabama voters are capable of deciding for themselves whether he’s fit for office.
Said Moore: “The president doesn’t control who votes for the United States Senate in Alabama. People in Alabama are smarter than that. They elect the senator from Alabama, not from Washington, D.C.”
President Trump came out against Roy Moore running for Senate in Alabama again, arguing the former judge “cannot win.”
Tweeted Trump: “Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama. This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two.”
He added: “I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t. If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!”
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), who launched his U.S. Senate campaign in February, told The Hill he’s spoken to GOP sources close to Roy Moore who said the controversial former Alabama judge will announce his candidacy for the Senate in the coming days.
“Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year,” the AP reports.
“National Republican leaders are signaling they’ll again try preventing their party from nominating the twice-removed state jurist whose campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers.”
“Roy Moore is poised to jump into the Alabama Senate race in a bid to earn a rematch with Sen. Doug Jones, the Democrat who handed the former judge a stunning defeat in a 2017 special election,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Moore this past weekend told a gathering of grassroots Republicans that he would announce his 2020 plans in a matter of weeks.”
A new Mason Dixon poll in Alabama finds Roy Moore leading a GOP Senate primary race with 27%, followed by Rep. Mo Brooks at 18%, Rep. Bradley Byrne at 13% and Rep. Gary Palmer at 11%.
Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville announced on Twitter that he is joining the Republican race to win back the Alabama Senate seat from Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in 2020.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), one of President Trump’s most devoted loyalists on Capitol Hill who represents the Florida Panhandle, has told GOP colleagues he is considering moving across the state line to run for the Senate in Alabama in 2020, The Hill reports.
“Alabama Republican Roy Moore, whose unsuccessful 2017 campaign for the U.S. Senate was marred by allegations he sexually assaulted or pursued teenage girls while in his 30s, said on Friday that he may again run for the Senate,” Reuters reports.
Said Moore: “I’m seriously considering it, I think that the 2017 Senate race was stolen.”
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) is all but daring Roy Moore (R) for a rematch in the Alabama Senate race, Politico reports.
“Moore, who was defeated in 2017 amid sexual misconduct allegations, said this year that he believes the election was ‘stolen’ from him by Democrats and a disinformation program on social media.”
Said Jones: “If he really believes that and if the Republican Party really believes that then they all ought to just step aside, have a press conference with him and let’s just do it again.”
“Republicans landed a top-tier recruit Wednesday in a race critical to their hopes of holding the Senate in 2020, when GOP Rep. Bradley Byrne jumped into the campaign against the most vulnerable Democrat up for reelection, Alabama’s Doug Jones,” Politico reports.
“After his shocking special election win in 2017 in deeply conservative Alabama, defeating Jones is the GOP’s best opportunity to flip a Democratic-held seat — making the contest a vital insurance policy for the party to protect its majority, currently 53-47.”
New York Times: “Jones, the Democrat who was an unwitting beneficiary of misinformation tactics during a special election in Alabama in 2017, asked the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to investigate the episodes… The overall effort, which cost $100,000, was underwritten through an intermediary by Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn.”
Said Jones: “Such deceptive tactics have no place in American politics and must be repudiated by those involved in our political system.”
“Republicans are certain they can win back the Alabama Senate seat they lost in spectacular fashion last year. They just aren’t sure whether Jeff Sessions is the one to do it,” Politico reports.
“Sessions’ name surfaced as a potential candidate immediately after he was dumped as attorney general this month. But he could be dogged by his strained relationship with President Donald Trump, who remains wildly popular in Alabama and savaged Sessions throughout his tenure at the Justice Department.”
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions “is considering running for his old Alabama Senate seat in 2020,” Politico reports.
“After Sessions left the Senate in 2017, his vacated seat was won by Democrat Doug Jones in a special election upset. Jones is up for a full term in 2020, and he is widely viewed as the most vulnerable incumbent senator facing reelection given Alabama’s conservative tilt. Republicans are certain to contest the seat aggressively as they look to protect their majority.”
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) told The Hill that is taking steps to mount a possible Senate bid in 2020 against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).
“The conservative House Republican is reaching out to colleagues in the Alabama delegation and driving around the state to gauge support from voters.”
“Days after a woman accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety, two Moore supporters approached her attorney with an unusual request,” the Washington Post reports.
“They asked lawyer Eddie Sexton to drop the woman as a client and say publicly that he did not believe her. The damaging statement would be given to Breitbart News, then run by former White House strategist Stephen Bannon.”
“In exchange, Sexton said in recent interviews, the men offered to pay him $10,000 and promised to introduce him to Bannon and others in the nation’s capital. Parts of Sexton’s account are supported by recorded phone conversations, text messages and people in whom he confided at the time.”
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country.
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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