Former chief justice of the State Supreme Court Roy Moore and Senator Luther Strange, appointed to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ empty seat, emerged as the top choices among a crowded GOP field on Tuesday to set up a runoff.
Strange is expected to embrace President Donald Trump’s policies more or less across the board, and even borrowed his slogan in saying, “What it all boils down to is: Who’s best suited to stand with the people of this country, with our president, and make sure we make America great again?”
Moore has done likewise, saying, “I support President Trump’s agenda of making America great again. But I submit to you that we can only make America great again if we make America good.”
Meanwhile, Moore’s record offers even more reason for concern.
In 2003, he was removed from office after refusing to take down the Ten Commandments monument he had installed on the grounds of the state judicial building. Elected chief justice again in 2012, he was suspended once more for refusing to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.
Moore has also released a video arguing the importance of “religious liberty,” often little more than a code for providing a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
The runoff election will take place next month, and the general election will be held on Dec. 12.