January 24 2018

How Roy Moore's Win Roils Republicans

January 24 2018, 01:59 | Van Peters

How Roy Moore's Win Roils Republicans

Moore's path to victory in Alabama God guns and defiance

Moore won, despite the fact that unusual was supported by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Moore was ousted once for refusing to remove a massive statue of the Ten Commandments from the court building.

Luther Strange, on the other hand, is a former Alabama Attorney General and career politician appointed to replace Sessions by Governor Robert Bentley, who resigned from office in April of this year following a sex scandal.

His concerns were only exacerbated by the endorsement of Moore by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who made a highly visible push for Moore as the anti-GOP-establishment candidate.

Sticking with politics, Alabama Republicans voted yesterday to nominate firebrand candidate Roy Moore for a U.S. Senate seat, a rebuke to President Trump and the GOP establishment. The vice president also sent his congratulations to the victor. Roger Wicker. Republicans regained control of the majority in the Senate in 2014 when Wicker was chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

He and Vice President Mike Pence are now endorsing Moore and his support for Trump's #MAGA agenda.

Trump, officials and informal advisers say, felt misled by McConnell and his political team, who encouraged him to endorse and campaign for odd.

Moore's win stood as a rebuke for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed unusual. I congratulate Roy Moore on the result this evening. "He ran a spirited campaign centered around a dissatisfaction with the progress made in Washington", McConnell said in his statement.

SEN. LUTHER STRANGE, R-Ala.: I'm telling you, those seas, the political seas, the political winds in this country right now are very hard to navigate. "Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race", Trump tweeted late Tuesday, after the defeat of Strange in whose support he addressed a big rally in Huntsville last Friday. The General election is scheduled for December 12.

What are Moore's political beliefs?

Asked if he will work with McConnell, Moore says he'll work with anyone that "stands for a conservative agenda". But the candidate still managed a minor PR victory at Moore's expense. And as he recently recounted at a breakfast with pastors here in northeast Alabama, he knows just how many presidents of the United States have had to reckon with him, a lawyer from rural Gallant. Leading establishment Republicans were opposite him. The race will be decided next month, when Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones.

Roy Moore, a West Point graduate, was a captain in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and a Vietnam veteran. This wasn't back in the day, this was just last February, after the former Alabama judge had some time to think about it. Twice, he was stripped of his duties as chief justice for defying the law.

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