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Roy Moore officially qualifies for Alabama GOP governor's race

The disgraced former Alabama Chief Justice and Ten Commandments homo-bigot Roy Moore is officially on the ballot in the GOP primary race for governor, and the state GOP is making moves to ban crossover voting that allows Dems to vote in the Republican primary there. Things are getting even more interesting.

The party’s steering committee has recommended that the State Republican Executive Committee vote Saturday to change party rules so that people who vote in the Democratic primary on June 6 can’t vote in the Republican runoff on June 27.

Moore opposes the change, describing it as an attempt to interfere with the election. The Alabama GOP has traditionally allowed crossover voting as a tool to build the party, but now that Republicans hold many of the offices elected statewide in Alabama, the steering committee said the time has come for a change.

At a news conference Wednesday, Moore said, “The Alabama Republican Party has never been about restricting voters, but this is an election year and strange things happen, especially now that the former appointments secretary for Gov. Riley has become chairman of the Republican Party.”


Moore, who is challenging Gov. Bob Riley in the primary, referred to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.

It sounds like Roy thinks Twinkle wants to stab him in the back. You decide.

She said the proposed change has nothing to do with a specific candidate and is designed to make sure people who vote in the Democratic prirmary don’t cross over and vote as a bloc in the Republican runoff to skew the outcome.

It will stop Democratic bosses from being able to advertise that you can go out and pick the weaker of two candidates,” she said.

Do you think the Alabama GOP is worried about some of Roy’s fringe statements and positions, or are they in the mainstream of local politics

Alabama’s highest judicial officer declared homosexuality “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature.” Gay sex, he wrote, is “an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it,” an “inherent evil” that “should never be tolerated.” And if homo-bamians continued to insist on fornicating? The state might have to use force, Moore wrote, wielding a biblical “power of the sword” to root out this evil once and for all.

Of course, a fellow blogger on the scene is Kathy at Birmingham Blues; I’m sure she’ll have something to say about this news soon. She recently blogged about seeing first “Roy for Governor” bumper sticker rolling by, and mused about the possible horrors to come under Roy’s influence if he is elected.

I saw my first Moore for Governor bumper sticker on Monday. Moore, for those of you who’ve had better things to worry about the last couple of years, is the “Ten Commandments Judge” who is challenging Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in the 2006 Republican primary. I confess that my reaction was, “How could anyone here be stupid enough to vote for him?”

…So why on earth would anyone here support Moore? I wish I knew, so I could figure out a way to change their minds. Roy would be an unmitigated disaster for this state, making us even more of a joke than we already are in the eyes of most Americans. Alabama needs a progressive governor who will push for constitutional reform (our current one has been amended 772 times and counting), tax reform (state income tax kicks in when a family of four makes $4,600 a year, while out of state landowners pay pennies per acre in property taxes), adequate funding for all public schools in the state, and a state-of-the-art regional public transportation system. We don’t need to have the Ten Commandments posted on schoolhouse walls, “God Bless America” squeezed onto our license plates, intelligent design taught in our schools, gay adoption banned and gay marriage re-banned – but all of these are being proposed by a Legislature full of pandering blowhards whose primary concern is re-election.

He’s not pulling in the fundraising dollars he’s looking for, and the pro-business community wants no part of his Jeebus-based candidacy. It doesn’t help that he has his wife spew this in a mailing:

“But, I can think of no better time than this Holy Season to begin our campaign to return morality to our country and God to our public square. We need a man like Roy Moore as governor of Alabama. With your help and God’s grace we can, and will prevail!”

Also:
* Meeting Kathy in Birmingham
* Roy Moore’s wife lobs the ‘Christian’ bomb in fundraising email

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