He’s back! Roy Moore prepares for Alabama Senate rematch after Republican lost in the wake of a string of claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls
- Roy Moore, who lost a 2017 Senate race after a string of claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, is running for the seat again
- Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones
- He told Republicans in Alabama this weekend he will announce within weeks
- Moore denied the allegations against him
- A new poll shows Moore is the front runner for the GOP nomination
- Sen. Doug Jones is considered deeply in danger in the red state
- A new poll showed 50 percent of registered Alabama voters say they want to replace Jones with a Republican
Roy Moore, who lost a 2017 Senate race after a string of claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, is running for the seat again in 2020 in what could become a rematch against the Democrat who beat him.
If he wins the GOP nomination, he would face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who is considered one of the most endangered Democrats in the Senate.
Roy Moore, who lost a 2017 Senate race after a string of claims of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, is running for the seat again
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is considered deeply in danger in the red state
A recent Mason Dixon poll showed 50 percent of registered Alabama voters say they want to replace Jones with a Republican.
Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lost the 2017 Senate special election to Jones after several women said Moore had pursued sexual and romantic relationships with them decades ago when they were teens and he was a prosecutor in his 30s.
Moore, who denied the allegations, believes he was treated unfairly and that voters will agree.
‘The people of Alabama were hoodwinked; Jones had a free pass,’ Moore confidant Dean Young told the Washington Examiner. ‘I would not be surprised if Judge Moore gets back in it.’
Moore would lead the GOP primary field, the Mason-Dixon poll revealed on Tuesday, with 27 percent followed by Rep. Mo Brooks at 18 percent.
Jones is considered endangered in the deeply Republican state, having won election in unique circumstances.
His win in the GOP stronghold promptly started talk of who may challenge him, including Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who left that Senate seat to join the Trump administration.
But Sessions said in December he would not run for his old Senate seat.
Byrne was third in the poll with 13 percent. He is the only one to have announced his candidacy.
Some Republicans fret, however, that if Moore wins the Republican nomination it could hand Jones a victory.
A new poll shows Roy Moore is the front runner for the GOP nomination
President Donald Trump is popular in the state and endorsed Moore a week before the December 2017 special election. But even that could not save him.
In the 2017 GOP primary, Trump backed Luther Strange, who was Session’s temporary appointed successor and had the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million for tricking him into appearing on his Showtime program ‘Who is America?’
His lawyers argue that the judge and his family have ‘been the subject of widespread ridicule and humiliation’ and suffered ‘severe emotional distress and pain and financial damage’, after he was duped onto appearing on the show.
Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for $95 million for tricking him into appearing on his Showtime program ‘Who is America?
During the interview, Cohen, who appeared in make up and with a heavy accent as his fictional character Erran Morad, demonstrated a supposed pedophile detecting device that beeped when it came near Moore.
The 71-year-old became so agitated by the ‘pedophile detection wand’ he cut the interview short, saying: ‘I support Israel. I don’t support this kind of stuff.’
‘This false and fraudulent portrayal and mocking of Judge Moore as a sex offender … has severely harmed Judge Moore’s reputation and caused him, Mrs. Moore, and his entire family severe emotional distress, as well as caused and will cause plaintiffs financial damage,’ the complaint said.
Moore also sued Showtime and its parent CBS Corp for defamation, and accused all three defendants of fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress.