Category: 2017 U.S. Senate Race

Sen. Cory Booker Campaigns for Doug Jones in Birmingham

Dec. 10, 2017 — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, visited Senate candidate Doug Jones’ campaign headquarters in downtown Birmingham Sunday afternoon to deliver a rousing stump speech.

Booker, who was joined by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, gave a speech highlighting the importance of political struggle and called the Alabama Senate race “one of the most consequential elections in our nation in my lifetime.”
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God and Politics, 2017 Edition: Roy Moore Brings Religion to the Forefront Like Few Campaigns Before It

John F. Kennedy faced questions about his Roman Catholic religion in the 1960s, when he ran for president and won. Religion’s role in elections grew with the rise of politically outspoken religious figures such as the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

But in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election this year, religion is featured front and center — due in large part to the presence of Republican candidate Roy Moore, who gained fame years ago as the “Ten Commandments Judge” and proclaims his views today on issues linked to religious values, such as same-sex marriage, abortion rights and prayer in public schools.

A Google search turns up dozens of articles mentioning Moore’s name along with the word Bible. His campaign rallies are mostly in churches. Read more.

Jones Condemns Divisiveness During GOTV Concerts Across the State

Doug Jones called for a rejection of divisiveness and a change in the “face of Alabama” during a Saturday night get-out-the-vote rally, featuring a performance by local soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

The concert was the fourth get-out-the-vote event of the day for Jones, the Democrat widely seen as the underdog in the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Little-Known PACs Fund a Deluge of Ads in the Days Leading Up to the Senate Election

Alabama’s two U.S Senate candidates and independent groups working on their behalf have raised more than $20 million that they are using to bombard voters with broadcast and internet ads, mail, and phone calls as the Dec. 12 special election approaches.

The candidates’ final pre-election financial reports, filed with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 22, show Democrat Doug Jones has raised $11,707,585 this year, with $10,182,025 coming in since Oct. 1, a few days after the Republican runoff. Republican Roy Moore reported a total of $5,260,974, with $1,767,693 of that collected during the same period.

The FEC has not finished processing the detailed lists showing people, PACs and committees and the amounts they gave to Moore and Jones.

In addition to the money contributed to the candidates, outside groups and political action committees reported spending about $5.7 million in support or opposition of Moore and Jones since Moore won the GOP nomination Sept. 26. Much of that money flooded in during the final few weeks of the campaign.
Some PACs supporting each of the candidates have found legal loopholes that allow them to avoid naming contributors until after the election.

The majority of the money spent by independent groups came from Highway 31, a super PAC working to elect Jones. Read more.

Moore Campaign Promises Lawsuit for “Patently False” Pro-Jones Ad

Roy Moore’s campaign announced Wednesday morning that it would consider legal action against television stations continuing to air what it describes as a “patently false” advertisement from the pro-Doug Jones Highway 31 Super PAC.

The 30-second ad in question focuses on rumors, as reported in a Nov. 13 New Yorker article, that Moore had been banned from the Gadsden Mall for soliciting sex from teenage girls. Moore has denied these accusations, as well as multiple other allegations of sexual contact with underage women.

Stories of the ban have been corroborated by some former Gadsden Mall employees and dismissed by others. Former mall manager Barnes Boyle told WBRC that, “to my knowledge, he was not banned from the mall.” Read more.

Senate Candidate Doug Jones Disses Roy Moore, Says People of Both Parties Need to Work Together

U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones in a speech Tuesday didn’t mince words about his opponent and the ramifications of electing a man embroiled in a scandal, while also stressing a need for unification, civility and a willingness to work across the political aisle to move Alabama forward.

The Democratic Senate hopeful was in Birmingham for a campaign stop at Pepper Place on Southside. Jones told the crowd of about 100 supporters that electing former state Chief Justice Roy Moore could have dire consequences for the state’s business climate as it tries to lure automobile makers Toyota-Mazda. Alabama and North Carolina are in the running for a $1.6 billion plant that would create about 4,000 new jobs.

Jones also said Moore was an “embarrassment” to the state, and he said he supports the women who have complained that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with them as minors.

The candidate said the “extreme partisanship” in Washington has hampered the government from making progress on critical issues, and he would work with Republicans as well as Democrats to find solutions. Read more.

Doug Jones and Roy Moore Vary Widely on Top Issues in Senate Race

Alabama voters will choose between candidates with contrasting views on topics ranging from health care to abortion, and taxation to immigration when they vote for a new U.S. senator on Dec. 12.

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones have outlined their positions on a broad array of issues as they campaigned for votes in the special election. The winner will succeed Sen. Luther Strange, an Alabama Republican who was appointed to the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley after Jeff Sessions resigned to become attorney general.

Following is a look at the stances of Jones and Moore on several leading issues, drawn from their comments on the campaign trail and in various media reports, as well as from material posted on their web sites. Read more.

Oops: Hackers Hijack Young Repubs Site, Send Viewers to Chinese Erotica

The Alabama Republican Party website has been “bombarded” with hacking attempts over the past several days, according to Infomedia CEO John Lovoy.

Infomedia is a Birmingham-based web company that maintains ALGOP.gov, the Alabama GOP’s website. (Infomedia also maintains BirminghamWatch.org.)

Lovoy said that approximately 29,000 attempts to compromise ALGOP.gov have been noted this week. The origin of these attempts is currently unknown, Lovoy said, but Infomedia has had to increase security on the site to combat the attacks. As of Friday afternoon, Infomedia had not determined that any of the attempts had been successful.

The status of the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GYBR) website, linked to on ALGOP.gov, has raised concern, however. Until Friday afternoon, a link purportedly to that organization’s site from the Alabama GOP website’s “Clubs/Coalitions” page redirected, instead, to a Chinese-language site with erotic content. Representatives for the party said they had been unaware of that until notified by BirminghamWatch. Read more.

After Week of Silence, Alabama Republican Leaders Say They’ll Stand by Roy Moore

The Alabama Republican Party is standing by its man.

A week after allegations of sexual improprieties with teenagers surfaced about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the state party has finally broken its silence and announced it will continue to support Moore in his race against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.

Democrat Jones Leads Roy Moore by 8 Points in Alabama, Per Fox News Poll (Washington Post)
Alabama Senate Race Aggravates Deep Divide in Republican Party (New York Times)
Marsh Opposes Write-In Alternative to Moore (Anniston Star)
Moore Scandal Creates Difficult Politics for Alabama Republican Women (Decatur Daily)
Birmingham Young Republicans Censure Roy Moore, Pull Endorsement (AL.com)
Will Alabama’s Politics Scuttle Its Chances at Toyota-Mazda? (AL.com)
In Sex Crimes and Other Cases, Roy Moore Often Sided With Defendants (New York Times)

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Lawyer for Roy Moore Demands Analysis of Signature in Yearbook of Woman Who Said He Sexually Abused Her<.a>

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Attack, Senate Leader Calls for Vote to Expel, and Pastors Publish Letter of Support
Friends of Moore’s Accuser Defend Her Decision to Discuss Allegations Now
Roy Moore Says Sexual Allegations Were Raised to ‘Defrock’ His Campaign, Fallout Continues as Some Republicans Defend Him and Others Look for Ways to Bounce Him From the Ballot
Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Roy Moore Throw Senate Race Into Turmoil

Lawyer for Roy Moore Demands Analysis of Signature in Yearbook of Woman Who Said He Sexually Abused Her

Representatives for Roy Moore this afternoon said he insists it is not his writing in a yearbook that a woman who says Moore tried to force himself on her released to bolster her claim.

Phillip Jauregui, who is representing Moore, in a press conference demanded that Gloria Allred, who is representing the woman, send the yearbook to an independent handwriting expert for verification.

Meanwhile, the GOP steering committee has gathered in a special called meeting this afternoon. The meeting was set to be conducted at party headquarters but was moved to a nearby hotel.

Moore is running for U.S. Senate in the Dec. 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed attorney general.

But his campaign has been clouded with controversy in the past week as five women reported that Moore had inappropriate contact with them when they were teenagers.

Wednesday, three more women added their voices to the choir. Two women who worked at the Gadsden Mall when they were teens reported unwelcome advances by Moore to the Washington Post. One of them said Moore was such a known quantity at the mall that girls were advised to just stay away from him when they saw him.

Another woman told AL.com that Moore groped her in his law office in 1991, when she was 28 and he was married.
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Read the day’s reports on the Moore situation.

Senate Republicans Look to Trump to Restore Order Amid Alabama Upheaval Washington Post
GOP Braces for Extended Clash in Alabama Associated Press
Fox News’ Hannity Decides Not to Pass Judgment on Roy Moore Associated Press
‘Absolutely Not’: Richard Shelby Won’t Vote for Roy Moore Montgomery Advertiser
Sex Abuse Allegations Put Spotlight on Roy Moore’s Allies Anniston Star
Doug Jones: Roy Moore Allegations ‘Have More Credibility Than the Denials’ AL.com
Roy Moore Announces 12 Testimonials From Women Affirming His Character AL.com
NRSC Poll: Moore Trails Jones by 12 Politico
In Roy Moore’s Senate Race, Anonymous Threats, Deceptive Texts, Alternative Facts Washington Post
Two More Women Describe Unwanted Overtures by Roy Moore at Alabama MallWashington Post
New Roy Moore Accuser: ‘He Didn’t Pinch It; He Grabbed It’

Read BirminghamWatch’s coverage of the controversy

Another Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Attack, Senate Leader Calls for Vote to Expel, and Pastors Publish Letter of Support
Friends of Moore’s Accuser Defend Her Decision to Discuss Allegations Now
Roy Moore Says Sexual Allegations Were Raised to ‘Defrock’ His Campaign, Fallout Continues as Some Republicans Defend Him and Others Look for Ways to Bounce Him From the Ballot
Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Roy Moore Throw Senate Race Into Turmoil