Judge Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore

Not many have forgotten the contentious 2016 Republican primary when, one by one, more than a dozen mostly Washington insiders backed by the Beltway establishment – names like Bush, Rubio, Graham and Kasich – dropped out before the outsider’s outsider, real estate billionaire Donald Trump, won the nomination.

But that isn’t stopping the powerful political machine from D.C. from trying to exercise its power again: this time with a U.S. Senate seat at stake.

At issue is the special election in Alabama this fall for the seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions, now U.S. attorney general.

State Attorney General Luther Strange was appointed immediately to the seat by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, with a special election set in 2018. But Bentley has been forced to resign amid a sex scandal and subsequent criminal investigation in which he pleaded guilty to charges of converting campaign funds and more. His replacement as governor moved the Senate election to this fall.

Get the Whistleblower Magazine’s revelations about the SPLC, in its March 2015 edition of “The Hate Racket,” the complete story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis – and rakes in millions doing it.

But the Bentley connection has tainted Strange.

John Archibald at AL.com said Strange would have been the presumptive favorite if not for Bentley.

“The downward spiral and subsequent earthly impact of ex-Gov. Robert Bentley didn’t just take out the governor, it left Strange’s reputation in a smoking pile,” he wrote.

“The former attorney general is now widely seen as the guy who was willing to look the other way on potential gubernatorial crimes if Bentley would appoint him to his dream job.”

The development opens the door for several other candidates, including former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Rep. Ed Henry, Randy Brinson of the Christian Coalition and possibly Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh.

“If I had to lay odds now – assuming Marsh makes it into the race – I’d say Strange finishes third to Moore and Marsh,” wrote Archibald of the August primary.

And Moore already has an issue on which to campaign: the Washington elite’s declared support for Strange and their warning to any who would oppose him.

The Washington elite have given Strange the designation of “incumbent” although he’s been in Washington only a few months and are warning contractors, advisers and the like not to work with anyone opposing Strange.

Moore campaign spokesman Dean Young said that effort by Beltway insiders to influence Alabama voters was discovered when one of Moore’s contractors, running the campaign website, abruptly quit.

The Andalusia Star News reported the National Republican Senatorial Committee “is warning consulting firms that they would face retribution if they work against Strange in the August primary.”

NRCS communications director Katie Martin told Politico: “We have made it very clear from the beginning that Sen. Luther Strange would be treated as an incumbent. It has also been a clear policy that we will not use vendors who work against our incumbents.”

Strange, who worked for years in Washington as a lobbyist before returning to Alabama and eventually being elected attorney general, holds a status that also created issues for Henry.

He told the Star News that he’s working with Alabama-based consultants after organizations that work with the NRCS refused to take him on.

“The NRSC’s push to make it more difficult for Strange’s opponents to hire political consultants gives the senator a larger advantage in holding on to his seat as the summer’s special election looms,” said the report.

Henry said that if Strange is “going to have $10 million worth of TV ads bombarding the state of Alabama, and no one in the state of Alabama has the ability to compete with that type of media presence, [then] Washington, D.C., through Luther Strange, will be dictating that the message is, and it’s just another example of how far our country has fallen.”

Moore – in the style that got him elected chief justice before he was removed from office a decade ago for his dedication to the Ten Commandments, and elected again by voters before being removed a second time, this time over his unwillingness to bow before the ideology of same-sex “marriage” – will have none of it.

His campaign said the “threat” from the establishment may have prompted his consultants to quit, but that “establishment” can be defeated.

“This is the same Washington Republican establishment that tried to beat President Trump,” the campaign said. “The establishment will meet the same fate here in Alabama.”

The campaign said residents of Alabama aren’t likely to be “buying what the establishment is selling.”

A commentary from AL.com pointed out Moore “has name recognition surpassing even the sitting senator” and has “a committed base.”

Moore campaign spokesman Dean Young told WND the establishment simply doesn’t want someone like Judge Moore in Washington.

One can imagine Judge Moore on the Senate floor arguing against the idea that a Christian baker can be forced to promote homosexuality, that Planned Parenthood must be given tax money or that schools should be allowed to let boys into girls’ shower rooms.

“They’re pretty much going to war with Judge Moore,” Young said. “They picked the wrong man and the wrong state to try to do this.”

Moore was in the news last month when the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission ordered him suspended from the state Supreme Court until he would no longer be eligible for re-election.

He was targeted by LGBT-rights activists who strategized with court officials in Alabama to remove him because of his fierce defense of traditional marriage.

Get the Whistleblower Magazine’s revelations about the SPLC, in its March 2015 edition of “The Hate Racket,” the complete story of how one group fools government into equating Christians and conservatives with Klansmen and Nazis – and rakes in millions doing it.

It was the pro-homosexual Southern Poverty Law Center, which had publicly opposed Moore’s politics, that filed an ethics complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which referred several charges to the Court of the Judiciary regarding an administrative order by Moore.

State officials then hired a former SPLC staffer to work on the case against Moore, even though he explained, “The sole purpose of the administrative order in question was to inform the probate judges that six months after the briefing order, the court still remained in deliberation on the matter and that, therefore, the … orders continued in effect pending ‘further decision.'”

SPLC has a long history of unrelenting attacks on anyone who fails to submit to its support for homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” The organization, in pursuit of that agenda, last year had to backtrack when it labeled Dr. Ben Carson, former GOP presidential candidate and one of the most admired men in America, as a “hater” because of his views on marriage.

All six of the charges against Moore stem from his administrative order that, Liberty Counsel said, “merely advised probate judges that the prior Alabama Supreme Court orders from 2015 remained in effect while the court was reviewing the matter.”

Liberty Counsel, which also has been a target of SPLC attacks, said in a report last fall that by “falsely and recklessly labeling Christian ministries as ‘hate groups,’ SPLC is directly responsible for the case of a man who intended to commit mass murder targeted against a policy organization in Washington, D.C.”

“On August 15, 2012, Floyd Corkins went to the Family Research Council with a gun and a bag filled with ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. His stated purpose was to kill as many employees of the Family Research Council as possible and then to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces (because the founder of the food chain said he believed in marriage as a man and a woman). Fortunately, Mr. Corkins was stopped by the security guard, who was shot in the process. Corkins is now serving time in prison. Mr. Corkins admitted to the court that he learned of the Family Research Council by reading the SPLC’s hate map.”

Judge Roy Moore’s moral strength and legal brilliance shine through as he tells the story of his Ten Commandments monument battle: “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom”

&nbsp

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.