On December 12th, 2017, Alabama voters will go to the polls to vote in a special election to fill the Senate seat of former Senator, now Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. The special election is between Former Chief Justice Roy Moore (Republican) and Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones (Democrat).
It is my intention with this article to prove to the voters of Alabama why they should not vote for Former Chief Justice Roy Moore. This is not an endorsement of his opponent, Doug Jones, or any other candidate.
In order to do this, I plan to present you with a case against Roy Moore. This case does not hinge on his alleged sexual misconduct, but rather his actions throughout the entirety of his career. In short, for those who claim that Roy Moore is a successful, honest, respectful Republican candidate, he is not. And I intend to prove that to you.
For those who claim they’re voting for Moore because he is an ardent Republican, he isn’t.
In Moore’s first two runs for elected office in 1982 and 1986, he ran as a Democrat, and lost both elections by an overwhelming majority. Only after two consecutive defeats did he change his party affiliation to Republican in 1992. So, for the first 10 years of his career, he was a self-described Democrat.
For those who say they’re voting for Moore due to his long, successful career in public service, he doesn’t have one.
Moore has only served in public office for 15 years, and those years can be described as rocky at best. In his 15 years, he has only won three elections, and was removed from his elected position twice. Moore received his start in public service, not through winning an election, rather through appointment. Moore was appointed as Etowah County Circuit Judge, following the death of Judge Julius Swann in 1992. This was the position that Moore ran for in 1982, but lost.
At the end of his appointment in 1994, he ran for the same office again and won. This was his first election win, and the only full term he served throughout the entirety of his political career. The other two elections, he won were for the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001 and 2012. These are intended to be 6 year terms. However, following his election in 2001, Moore was removed from this position in 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) for, “violating the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics.”
Then, following his re-election to the position in 2012, he was suspended for the remainder of his term, and subsequently resigned in 2016, after being found guilty of:
- Disregarding a Federal injunction.
- Demonstrated unwillingness to follow clear law.
- Abuse of administrative authority.
- Substituting his judgment for the judgement of the entire Alabama Supreme Court, including failure to abstain from public comment about a pending proceeding in his own court.
- Interference with legal process and remedies in the United States District Court and/or Alabama Supreme Court related to proceedings in which Alabama probate judges were involved.
- Failure to recuse himself from pending proceedings in the Alabama Supreme Court after making public comment and placing his impartiality into question.
Moore also ran for Governor of Alabama in 2006 and 2010, and lost both times, failing to make it out of the Republican primaries. So in short, Roy Moore has run for elected office seven different times. He has won three times, lost four times, and has been removed from office twice. So, Roy Moore has only served one successful term as an elected official.
For those who say they’re voting for Roy Moore because he is an honest man, he is not.
Moore has claimed publicly that he did not draw a regular salary from the non-profit Christian legal organization he founded in 2002, The Foundation for Moral Law. However, according to The Washington Post, in 2017, Moore arranged an annual salary of $180,000 for himself from the foundation. And from 2007 to 2012, he collected more than $1,000,000 from the organization.
For those who say Roy Moore believes in equal treatment and respect under the law, he does not.
In a 2011 radio interview, Moore said that getting rid of all the Constitutional Amendments after the Tenth Amendment would “eliminate many problems.” These amendments include:
- The Outlaw of Slavery – Amendment 13
- The Rights of Citizenship – Amendment 14
- Voting Rights for All Races – Amendment 15
- Voting Rights for Men and Women – Amendment 19
Also, the reasoning as to why Moore was suspended from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for the remainder of his term in 2016 was for instructing state probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This was a direct contravention of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which stated that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
All of the evidence presented to you today should be enough for you to make the conscious choice to not vote for Roy Moore. I chose not to delve into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him because, although the allegations are credible, they are not yet proven. However, based on the candidate’s political career, it is clear that he is discriminatory, a liar, unethical, and unfit for public office.
Today, voters of Alabama, make the conscious choice, make the right choice, and do not vote for Roy Moore.