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Judge Roy Moore
Judge Roy Moore – the man who lost his position as state Supreme Court chief justice because he refused to remove a handmade Ten Commandments marker from his courthouse – finished fourth today as he faced seven Republican challengers in a bid to be Alabama’s GOP gubernatorial nominee.
As WND reported, Moore lit a fire in the hearts of tea partiers at the first national convention in Nashville last February – inspiring four impassioned standing ovations with his reading of a “bill of particulars” against President Obama.
He also told a cheering crowd, “We’re tired of liberal Republicans who don’t hold the principles of their party.”
Moore, 63, a periodic WND columnist and author of “So Help Me God,” condemned “senseless treaties” like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and the Central America Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA. He said the nation’s borders have been opened to criminals and terrorists, the Constitution discarded, the federal government grown in size and scope “far beyond anything our founders ever imagined,” and the nation’s debt is soaring.
“Our state sovereignty, routinely ignored by an all-powerful federal bureaucracy, and our concept of virtue and morality has been distorted and twisted to a point that good is now called evil, and evil is now called good,” Moore said. “We not only find ourselves in a great economic recession, but in a great moral and spiritual depression as well.”
Leading contenders in the GOP primary also included Tim James, son of former Alabama Gov. Fob James, and former community college chancellor Bradley Byrne.
Preliminary results tonight did not produce a clear winner, with Byrne earning 28 percent, Robert Bentley 25 percent, James 25 percent and Moore 19 percent with 92 percent of the precincts reporting.
The successful Republican will face either Democratic opponent Rep. Artur Davis, a good friend and early supporter of President Obama from Obama’s Harvard Law School days, or early leader Ron Sparks.
Columnist, author and action star Chuck Norris has endorsed Moore’s campaign for governor.
“More than just an amazing legal mind, he is first a true patriot and passionate family man,” Norris wrote.
He said Moore is one of the “constitutionally abiding legal eagles who walk in the legacy of our Founding Fathers and who we need serving in every state across our union.”
Likewise, former U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton endorsed Moore’s campaign in May.
Denton said Moore “is the best candidate to protect our heritage, our self-image of One Nation Under God, the principle on which our government is most basically founded.”
Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WND, said the Alabama governor’s race is nationally significant.
“As governor, he will stand up to Barack Obama’s Washington, just as he stood up to George Bush’s Washington,” Farah wrote in his column last year. “But as governor he will have far more authority than he did as chief justice. As governor, he will be able to exert his state’s sovereignty, to claim those constitutional powers reserved to the states rather than placed in the hands of Congress, to make Alabama a bastion of true liberty and a shining city on a hill for all Americans.”
Moore grew up the son of a jackhammer operator. He bagged groceries for 85 cents an hour at Piggly Wiggly to support his family and later attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Moore commanded an Army military police company in Vietnam from 1969 to 1974.
He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and worked as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County from 1977 to 1982. After an unsuccessful bid for circuit judge in 1982, Moore reportedly worked on a ranch in Australia and became a kick boxer in Texas before returning to Alabama to practice law.
Former Gov. Guy Hunt appointed him circuit judge in 1992. In 2000, he was elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In 2003, Chief Justice Moore was removed from his position for defying a federal judge’s order to move a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building.
Moore also sought the Republican nomination for Alabama governor in 2006, but he lost to incumbent Gov. Bob Riley, a two-term Republican who is now prevented from running for re-election due to term limits.
Mississippi and New Mexico are also holding primaries today. Alabama officials are calling the voter turnout “moderate” in that state. In Mississippi, Angela McGlowan, another tea-party favorite, is part of a three-way contest for the GOP nomination in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.