Things have been shaken up once again in the heated Alabama Senate race.
Lee Busby, a retired Marine Corps. colonel, has declared himself a candidate, hoping to get enough write-in votes to stop Judge Roy Moore from winning the seat.
Busby certainly has a multi-faceted background. He spent 31 years in the Marines. On his last tour of duty, he was vice chief of staff to Gen. John Kelly, Daily Beast reports. Kelly now serves as Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Busby went into the private sector, working as both a defense consultant and an investment banker.
Busby is an artist who sculpts busts of Alabamian troops who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The patriotic sculptures previously landed Busby a video segment with Southern Living.
“I’m no Michelangelo,” Busby has said of his artwork. “But I know the world that these people operate in and I know what they went through. And, I do have some ability to sculpt. So, that’s what I want to do.”
The retired colonel could prove pivotal in a race whose future remains uncertain in the face of the sexual allegations surrounding Moore.
“I have no idea if the allegations against him true or not” Busby said of the Republican candidate. “But I don’t see anything within his experience as a judge that qualifies him for the job.”
Busby is also not a fan of Democrat Doug Jones, and says he wants to offer Alabamians a viable third alternative. “Alabama is not happy with the two choices we have down here,” he explained. “They are not appealing.”
For his part, President Trump has not gone all out in support of Moore, but has also not called in him to step aside. The President has repeatedly affirmed the importance of keeping the Alabama Senate seat out of the hands of the Democrats.
Busby’s candidacy is likely to make the race even closer.