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October 03, 2005

Roy Moore may run for governor of Alabama

From the Associated Press via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

The Republican race for Alabama governor will take shape in the coming week, with ousted state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and incumbent Gov. Bob Riley expected to announce their candidacies and set up a classic battle between the GOP's two cornerstones: religious conservatives and business groups.

Moore has scheduled an announcement about his gubernatorial plans today in his hometown of Gadsden. Riley is having a 61st birthday party Saturday in Birmingham, where many of his supporters expect him to kick off a re-election campaign.

For months, Moore has been saying that he was praying about whether to run for governor, and that if he ran, he expected it to be as a Republican.

Some of his supporters have urged him to run for chief justice — the job he lost in November 2003 for refusing to follow a federal judge's order to remove his large Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building — but Moore has made no mention of that.

Howard Phillips, a friend of Moore's who ran for president three times and started the Constitution Party, said he believes the former chief justice has gotten the answer to his prayers.

I think there's a lot of people down in Alabama still pretty mad about a bunch of Atheists in the Federal government telling them who they can and can not have as a state Supreme Court justice. They're also pretty mad about the religion of Atheism being forced down their throat (at taxpayer expense) so Judge Moore may have plenty of backing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 3, 2005 05:39 AM

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