It’s rare indeed to have two articles in one week that are fair an unbiased, but it appears that is the case today. Below are some excerpts of a great article by Kim Chandler a staff writer for The Birmingham News about Judge Roy Moore and his bid for the Republican nomination to be Governor of Alabama. Read the entire article here or enjoy the excerpts below.
Also if you missed the previous article it is worth the read as well.
GALLANT – Covered in dirt and sawdust, Roy Moore is spending this
Saturday not on the campaign trail, but restoring a dilapidated barn
that will one day house a horse for his wife.
Using an old bucket for a seat, Moore sits down to explain that he
doesn’t really like politics. It’s a peculiar statement from the man who
wants to be Alabama’s next governor.
What Moore says he likes is a good fight. It seems he has been fighting
against one thing or another all his life.
“I am firm about my convictions in right and wrong,”
“Born on Feb. 11, 1947, Moore sprang from the foothills of Appalachia in the northeast corner of Alabama. He grew up in a house that did not have indoor plumbing, worked in the school cafeteria to earn lunch money and bagged groceries to supplement his father’s income as a construction worker.Moore graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a place he had dreamed of attending since watching the movie “The Long Grey Line” in the ninth grade.”
“I find it very strange that people have such a misunderstanding of the First Amendment and the Constitution,” Moore said.The monument wasn’t an establishment of religion, but an “acknowledgment of God,” he said. Moore contends his removal as chief justice was unnecessary. The federal judge could have commanded someone else to remove the monument, he said.”
“But his main theme on the campaign trail has been lambasting an executive order from Riley calling for every county to reappraise property values every year. Riley has said the administrative order was necessary to comply with a court order.”This administration raised the taxes on every property owner in this state. The people are not going to be deceived about that,” Moore said.”
“We have absolutely no confidence in these polls,” Moore said.
On the campaign trail, it’s easy to understand why Moore thinks that way. The people who seek him out often treat him not like a candidate, but as a celebrity.He signs autographs. A police officer shakes his hand and says, “Judge, I want you to know we’re all with you down here.” A home-schooling mom grins and poses for a picture with him.
Marty Connors, former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said he thinks Moore’s popularity is somewhat higher than indicated by polls that target likely Republican voters.
“Moore voters tend to be more rural, less party-identified, more ideologically identified,” Connors said.
But as governor, he would be listed as a defendant on many lawsuits filed against the state. Would he defy another court order if he felt it was contrary to the Constitution?
Maybe, Moore said.”I would have to get the specific situation. But say the acknowledgment of God? I would acknowledge God,” Moore said. “The big issue in the country today is whether or not you say there is a sovereign God.”
Gavin said he sees similarities between Moore and former Gov. George Wallace. Both were boxers with fiery personalities and a history of standing up to the federal government. For Wallace, the issue was race. For Moore, it’s “values,” Gavin said.
Read the entire article here.