Roy Moore, the once-removed and currently-suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, announced today that he will be running for the United States Senate in the 2017 Alabama special election to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Moore became Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, but was removed two years later for intentionally ignoring a federal court order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building.
Moore went on to run for Alabama governor twice, losing the Republican primary by large margins both times. He considered running in the 2012 presidential election, at first as a Republican candidate and then as a Constitution Party candidate, but ultimately chose to return to the Alabama Supreme Court.
In 2014, just a year after his reinstatement as Chief Justice, Moore tried to organize a constitutional convention to ban marriage equality, reaching out to all 50 American governors to enshrine the belief that marriage is “the union of one man and one woman” into the United States Constitution. Obviously, Moore’s efforts failed, but that did not deter him from his crusade against equality.
In 2016, he gained notoriety nationwide for ordering all Alabama probate judges to violate the United States Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision by enforcing the state’s nullified marriage equality ban. He was subsequently charged with six ethics violations and unanimously found guilty on all six by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. Moore appealed to the special Alabama Supreme Court, but it upheld the Judiciary decision.
But now Roy Moore is back, more disgraced and desperate than ever. “I share the vision of President Donald Trump to make America great again,” he told an audience at the State Capitol. “Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion, our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court, and our rights and liberties are in jeopardy.”
Moore is one of several Republicans to announce their candidacy for this Senate seat. His biggest opponent so far is Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed on February 9 to replace Jeff Sessions by then-Alabama Gov. Robert J. Bentley. Moore and Strange will face off in the primary on August 15. The primary runoff is on September 26, and the general election is on December 12.