Judge Roy Moore’s political career may not be over, according to a new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Inc. The former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and GOP nominee for the Senate in 2017 leads a field made up of Republican Congressmen and other figures, most of whom have not declared their intention to run for the spot in 2020.
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Moore in the deep red state after scandal tanked the Republican’s campaign. He was accused by multiple women of dating them when they were in their teens. Moore was in his 30s when the alleged incidents took place.
2020 Alabama Senate Republican
Roy Moore 27%
Mo Brooks 18%
Bradley Byrne 13%
Gary Palmer 11%
Del Marsh 4%
Tim James 2%@MasonDixonPoll 4/9-11
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) April 16, 2019
There are two perspectives that would support a run by Moore. The one that many will latch onto is the notion that this was a manufactured controversy, one in which the events didn’t actually happen the way they’ve been reported by the press. The other is obtuse by today’s sensibilities, especially in the era of #MeToo, but that isn’t as far-fetched as one might think: Culturally, this was acceptable behavior in 1970s Alabama.
Keep in mind, Moore was not accused of sexual misconduct by any of the girls. He was accused of “dating” them, and relationships of this nature were not uncommon at the time. Personally, I do NOT take this stance. As someone who grew up in that era, I can assure you it was frowned upon even in the 1970s, but it just wasn’t considered completely off limits if the parents and their daughter were amicable to the situation.
Even writing about it freaks me out a bit.
But then I have to remind myself that Moore denies the events and with no corroboration, we have to take his denials seriously. In the era of #MeToo, it’s becoming far too easy for false claims to take down good men.
“People of Alabama are not fooled by the false and malicious disinformation campaign orchestrated by Democrats and certain Republicans in the last election for US Senate. Politics is becoming increasingly corrupt and our country is suffering.” – Roy Moore
It’s way too early to take any polls seriously, but it’s telling that he’s still being encouraged to run despite the odd events of 2017. This may be unpopular to say, but I’m actually rooting for him to take a shot at it.
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