Hi, America! Meet your likely new Senator from Alabama (pending election in December), Judge Roy Moore!
Who the heck is he?? Why, since you asked…he’s a Republican from Alabama, has previously been in the news for controversial stands on the ten commandments and marriage equality, and if you didn’t know this, you aren’t alone!
It seems the current Republican Senators and Representatives in DC forgot all about him, too. See, good old Judge Moore is a bit of a “firebrand” or “theocrat” – pick your term – many in Congress aren’t quite sure they want to hitch their proverbial horse to him.
Can you guess why? Let’s take a look at some of his views:
Here’s a story on how he blamed the shooting in Newton, CT because Americans have “forgotten the rule of God” .
Time has a look at some of his quotes including his belief ‘homosexual conduct should be illegal’.
Vox details his belief in how the Bible should be put above US law. He was a Alabama Supreme Court justice and was removed twice for not following the laws of the land due to this belief.
You’d think with those controversial quotes national Republicans would be aware of who he is, since he’s likely to be joining them in the next few months. But boy, it seems they’ve gotten a case of the forgetsies when it comes to Judge Moore. Politico asked many Republicans about Judge Moore and if they endorsed him, but most claimed to not be aware of who he was. But most galling, to me, was Senator Rob Portman. See, Senator Portman is considered a ‘moderate’ in the Senate on the R side of the aisle. He also has a gay son, so perhaps he’d be interested in the view of Judge Moore on the idea that perhaps Senator Portman’s son’s sexual orientation would cause him to break the law.
But in a telling quote to Politico, he claimed to not know much about Judge Moore except “he’s going to be for tax reform”. So, it seems you can look past other views if he’s willing to vote for a tax cut. We hear you loud and clear.
Maybe the Congressional members don’t know Judge Moore. Or maybe they DO know him and don’t want to endorse his views. Nobody is saying they have to agree with him 100%, but nobody on the R side of the aisle is actively denouncing his views either.
Hey Congress, you can pretend to not know him, refuse to denounce him or provide limited endorsements of his views, but the Freudian slip about tax reform tells us all the information we need to know where you stand.