With the left already whipped into a lather over Alabama passing the most restrictive abortion law in the country, a near-total ban on abortions, the news that Roy Moore may be considering another Senate run there is sure to send them over the edge.
One thing is certain, the Republican will see no less a vicious response from the media than he received the first time around.
“I’m still praying about it and talking to people, my family, my wife and I’m strongly considering it,” Moore, 72, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Moore narrowly lost an Alabama special election for Senate in 2017 — the race was a lighting rod, drawing national attention over claims that he had sexually accosted a number of teenage girls some 40 years ago, when he was in his early 30s.
Not only does Moore deny the allegations, he said they are politically motivated — he only lost by 22,000 votes out of 1.3 million cast, and this was with the national media vilifying him at every opportunity.
As seen below in a Mason-Dixon poll from April, Moore is currently the favorite in 2020.
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., the man who defeated Moore, became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in the state in a quarter of a century, but he’s up for reelection to a full 6-year term in the Senate.
And the Republican Party feels good about their chances of beating Jones the second time around.
At least, they did until Moore reemerged.
The AP reported that GOP party leaders say a Moore nomination would endanger what they view as a strong shot at winning the seat back.
The news agency said a Moore nomination could have national repercussions, with Democrats sure to accuse the Republican Party “of ignoring the #MeToo movement and coddling a man accused of sexual misconduct.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who did not support Moore in 2017, was curt when asked whether he’d oppose another run by Moore.
“I think you know the answer to that,” McConnell reportedly said.
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., chairman of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, stressed that Alabama has rejected Moore once.
“The people of Alabama rejected Roy Moore not too long ago,” Young said, according to the AP. “I with my Republican colleagues always want to be supportive of the most conservative candidate who can actually win a race, and I don’t see that anything has changed in the state of Alabama since the last election.”
Young emphasized electability when asked about working against a potential Moore candidacy.
“We’ll actively work to make sure that the most conservative, electable Republican is our nominee,” he said.
President Trump endorsed Moore in 2017, but he said he has not spoken with him about a potential run.
“It’s not because I’m adverse to President Trump at all,” Moore said. “I support his policies and what he stands for. I’m not running for anybody else, I’m running for the state of Alabama.”
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