As Gov. Key Ivey stands firmly behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge, his campaign has adopted the state motto of “We dare defend our rights”, almost as a war cry against tremendous party pressure on Moore to step down.
Moore’s win has never been more reliant on the defiant nature of Alabamians, a characteristic that runs through the state’s very veins, as attested to by segregationist Gov. George Wallace’s stand against the “central government” in the 1960s.
That sentiment of not wanting outsiders to interfere with state matters apparently echoes across the voting population, including local-level Republicans. Steve Morgan, the vice chairman of the Bibb County GOP, says:
“The people in Alabama don’t like to be told what to do. I never liked Roy Moore. But guess what? I’m voting for Roy Moore, because I hate the stupidity that has invaded the Republican Party.”
Gov. Ivey has said that she will vote for Moore, adding:
“I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like the Supreme Court justices.”
In a nutshell, the overwhelming opposition to Moore from Washington Republicans and other high-profile GOP members from outside the state could actually end up working in Judge Roy Moore’s favor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for one, is already looking at how to block Moore’s entry into Senate should he win, and has already approached President Trump regarding the matter.
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