This week the Alabama Senate race went from being overshadowed by peculiar things to being a peculiar thing in itself when Roy Moore, the twice-elected, once-removed, and once-suspended chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and perhaps America's most prominent theocrat, declared his candidacy.
"To ensure a continuity of leadership and a smooth transition that keeps the ship of state steady, I have appointed Justice Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court", Governor Ivey said in a statement.
The judiciary panel in September suspended Moore for the remainder of his term, saying he had violated judicial ethics by urging probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.
Asked about filling Stuart's associate justice position on the bench, the governor's office said she is "considering the best path forward." but cautioned Ivey doesn't have a timeline for the decision.
Kendrick said Moore would not serve all Alabamians as senator.
The Republican primary is August 15. But Stuart, with her colleagues, voted in March to dismiss all pending motions in the case in March following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.
The one sure thing is that if Moore fails in his third statewide non-judicial race, he can not follow it up with a third run for the Supreme Court and perhaps a third effort to get himself tossed off the bench.
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"Alabama will become "Ground Zero" in the political and cultural war", Dean Young, a longtime Moore supporter, told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement.
When his suspension from the bench was upheld in April 2017, he reacted by accusing the judicial court of "a politically motivated prosecution" and lashed out at "certain transgender and homosexual groups" who he said conspired to "remove me from public office because of my stand on same-sex marriage", according to the Advertiser. Jeff Sessions appointed to fill his seat while he served in Trump's administration; Rep. Ed Henry; and Randy Brinson, the head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. So this Senate race could be his last hurrah, praise the Lord.
"What I did, I did for the people of Alabama".
Moore has also shown an interest in sentencing reform, and been critical of the state's habitual offender act. Luther Strange in the Republican primary next year.
"I stood up for God", he said.
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