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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Moore Fires Shot Across AL GOP Bow

Roy Moore has taken the first step on a path that could dramatically change the 2006 election landscape. Yesterday, Moore called on GOP chair Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh to relinquish her position until the June GOP primary.

Andress, according to Moore, "is clearly using her position to favor a particular candidate". Andress' support of Riley has "betrayed" Republican voters, in Moore's words.

Moore cites a recent state GOP newsletter in which Twinkle writes, " ...Alabamians have benefited from the strong Republican leadership of ...Gov. building our economy and handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." Moore says statements such as this break the neutrality incumbent upon the GOP chair.

Moore has to know that his calls for Twinkle's recusal will fall on deaf ears. But by publicly accusing the Alabama Republican hierarchy of a pro-Riley bias, Moore has developed a possible rationale for an independent (or Constitution Party) bid. The argument would go something like, "If Roy Moore can't get a "fair shake" in the GOP primary, what other option does he have?".

I am not claiming that I know for a fact that Moore will run as an independent in November, but his press conference yesterday could be an initial step in a series of events that could lead to that conclusion. And if that happens you don't need me to tell you that media from around the world will descend upon the circus that is the Alabama governor's race.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac, don't we have a sore loser law in Alabama that prevents a candidate who loses in a primary from then running again in the general election as an independent? If so Roy will have to drop out of the primary now and start his independent bid.

5:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Moore going to realize that he is running against Riley, not Twinkle, not the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee, not special interests, not the Legislature....?

When the Republican primary voters enter the ballot box they will see (assuming present trends continue) only Riley and Moore as options for governor. That being so, Moore is toast if he won't start explaining why people shouldn't vote for Riley, not Twinkle, et al.

Riley is pulling further ahead in the polls by attracting most of the undecided vote because Moore thinks he is more holy than Jesus and won't run a "negative" campaign against his only real opponent, which is Riley, not anyone else.

Wake up, Roy. Stop throwing these girly punches at women. I know she's no lady, but you've got a much bigger fish to fry, and the fuel's almost gone.

Excuse the mixed metaphors, Roy, but don't you have a clue yet that you're heading for a big-time fall on June 6 because you're acting like the Michael Moore version of a clueless Vietnam Vet rather than the no excuses, get-the-job done MP you were?

The real soldier is still in there somewhere, isn't he?

7:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is becoming clear that Roy Moore has a real problem with women in positions of authority.

7:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will start a top ten list of favorite female neo con given names; Twinkle, Stormie. This is going to be a good exercise.

7:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Moore as much as conceeded that he cannot beat Riley by whining and blaming it mean ol' Twinkle (because he, like all dieties, is blameless).

Perhaps he wasn't paying attention at the state GOP meeting in Mobile last month when the members of the Executie Committee gave him a polite welcome and Riley two standing ovations. That wasn't the part leadership--that was the rank and file. The same rank anfd file ready to toss Riley on his ear in 2003.

Here's a news flash Roy---The voters get to decide. On June 7th will we be treated to a press conference argusing how you didn't get "fair" treatment because the voters chose Bob Riley? Grow up Roy--you are a whiny crybaby and not fit to lead out state!

7:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Moore Idiocy said...

Maybe Roy and Troy King can form their own political party: The Stupid Arse Party, or S.A.P. for short. Then T-Roy and Roy can lead the S.A.P.s against the G.O.P.!

8:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approval numbers are out on Riley this week from Survey USA and it shows that Riley's approval are at 52 and disapproves are at 43. These are not just Rep. but across the board. I think that means that Moore will have to go outside the Rep. party to stay in the race.
It will mean plenty of action and plenty to talk about between now and Nov.

8:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a sore loser law, so you're exactly right about that.

Moore's telegraphing his punches. By whining about a rigged GOP structure, he's basically starting the process of withdrawing from the primary and running on a third party ticket.

It's not a bad ploy, actually. If Roy can convince his followers that he can't get a fair shake in the primary and bolts from the GOP, then he gets the rest of the year to keep running against Bob Riley.

He'd draw conservative voters away from Riley in the general election, and probably just help elect Lucy Baxley. He can't win, but he could establish a potentially annoying Constitution Party in Alabama and act as a persistent spoiler, at least as long as Roy was bothering. When he plays it through, the third party will fold because like so many others, it would be a cult of personailty instead of an enduring movement. Roy's not that circumspect, though.

Our man Roy really likes to win. He's like some bratty six year-old with a gavel that didn't get that pony he wanted for his birthday, only he's got a following.

Too bad we don't have run-offs in the general election.

8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moore wants the third party run. That's been his angle since the outset. He feels that he will pull support from all sides. A little here, a little there....

Riley's disapproves are at 43, up from 40 last month. He is dangerously close to Siegelman's 44 disapproves when he lost in 02

9:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zac, I'm disappointed in you. You, like Moore have misrepresented what Twinkle said. As the AP reported, what Twinkle actually wrote was: "In the Chairman's Report in the newsletter, Cavanaugh wrote, "During the past year, Alabamians have benefited from the strong Republican leadership of President Bush, Gov. Riley, Sen. Shelby and Sen. Sessions in building our economy and handling the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

Hardly showing any preference to the governor in his race for re-election, she is simply doing what every party chair, democrat or republican is required to up their statewide elected officials.

This is all just a tempest in a teapot stirred up by Moore to get some attention because his campaign is tanking.

9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only election roy moore can win is the democrat primary. the mobile poll showed moore consistently gets high marks from uneducated people. I guess that means lucy baxley would vote for roy moore too. stupid is a stupid does and moore and the dumocrats are a perfect match.

9:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking News:
Ron Creel says that Moore will switch and run for Attorney General so that he can sue Riley over any number of issues, change several attorney general opinions and indict various members of the legislature. He will then use the office to run for US Senate in 2010.

10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumocrats. That's clever. For a Retardrican.

12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt seriously that Moore will switch to the A.G. race. He knows his law license is still in the balance and without it he cannot qualify for the office.

1:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I love political season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

1:49:00 PM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

Good grief. Why don't we just take Moore, Siegleman, and Scrushy, lock them in a room together and let them all whine each other to death about how life isn't fair?

2:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what was said above, but Riley is going to have to realize he's running against legitimate contenders and not Boogeyman Paul Hubbert. Riley hasn't really developed any issues yet and he doesn't look like he's going to.

2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't force myself to support Roy Moore...hell, I'd prob. vote for Fob James again. BUT this is a smart move for him right now, and gives him a better chance to get his issues in a larger spotlight.

2:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that the Alabama Values Coalition has a post on this and also a poll about Moore.

2:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I like the idea of Roy Moore running for Attorney General. He is certainly non-partisan, as his statement about Twinkle illustrates.

He could prosecute Indian Casinos, abortion clinics, and public officials that ban Ten Commandment displays.

interesting concept...

3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More interesting would be a three-way poll with Riley, Lucy and Moore. I would imagine that Moore's support is more robust than either of the other two, and that we'd see something like 35-35-30. That would be a hell of an election. Clearly, Moore has a much better shot in a three way race than he would heads-up against Lucy in the general or Riley in the primary.

All statements about my personal distaste for the candidates aside, I also wonder whether a Siegelman candidacy would hold up better than a Lucy candidacy in a 3 man race. I have no evidence to support this, but might Siegelman do a better job at keeping the church-going-black-community with the Democratic ticket? This could be very interesting.

3:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Moore for AG said...

I love the idea of an Attorney General Roy Moore! Rather than be Governor, where you have to "sleep with the enemy" to get anything done, you could just start putting them all in jail!!!! Run Roy, Run!!!!

He could accomplish everything he wants as attorney general. He could crack down on illegal immigrants, prosecute officials that ban prayer at government meetings, enforce the statutes against double-dipping, gambling, etc.


3:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Moore runs a third party campaign, it elects the democrat. If Siegelman wins his case, he wins that three way race.

AEA polling has Siegelman at 95% with Blacks. That's the strongest Bloc of voters anyone has. His support among minorities is unshakeable, and like him or not, that will be the biggest factor in the primary. Nothing Lucy can do to change it. That's why she's so angry.

5:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'm wondering if Moore doesn't pull a lot of black support in a race against Lucy to make it a close 3 way race.

BTW, I don't really think it matters to Moore that he gives the election to the Dems. In his mind there isn't much of a difference between Riley and Lucy or Siegelman.

7:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Siegelman said...

siegelman deserves 95% of the stupid vote. they dont vote, people pull them with cash to the polls. just ask the ADC or hank sanders. when was the last time any of you spoke to a black on the street that even knew what time it was?

7:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. It's always good to see the conservatives haven't lost their racist touch. I know plenty of African-Americans, and they're more likely intelligenct than the jerk above. And they have law degrees and masters degrees. But lord have mercy! This is Alabama. Black folks ain't supposed to learn!

Stupid idiot.

9:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on the comment above, you can see why the likes of Bush had no business being a the funeral of Correta Scott King.

10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moore is going to lose in the primary to Riley. He knows it so he's taking steps to quit the race and run as an independent. That will guarantee a Siegelman victory in November. Thanks a lot, Roy.

10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riley doesn't need to develop any issues. He's the incumbent with Alabama's best economy in more than 50 years. He has a plan to fund the Alabama School system. Have you missed that? That might be considered an issue.

10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are simply wrong.

Riley does not have a plant to fund education. He has a plan to spend existing and projected tax revenue.

Articulate his education plan for us. Thus far he hasn't

10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is almost 1 am. i am black. i am awake. i am educated. i watch BET and CNN. I have 3 degrees and am considerig a law degree to help my family.
aint no racism i have read here. i see white fools pander(because they lie to blacks to own them and have since 1872)and make up more excuses for black ignorance. if you think niggaz gotta be paid here, you gotta see it in chicago and boston. john kerry, God love him, pays the massachusetts negroes top dollar to go vote. blacks in alabama scream about things, but they dont know how good they got it. they got a few elected crooked blacks, when thay could have a lot of blacks on top of the corrupt whites what done sold em south in a begiinning. anyway, alabama negroes aint gon ever be free cause elected alabama negroes sell everybody south wit the first breaf.

1:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

roy moore is an accident in search of victims. he will become independent because that is his plan. God didnt tell him to do anything. God didnt tell kayler, his waaf, to put so damn much harre sprayye on dat hayd. but if you are a redneck moron and get a shot of leg, my god what it gone be den up innit widdits? Uh huh.

1:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just stopped by to see what's up in Alabama. I remember now why I left. Moore hurts Alabama so much with his antics and discredited views of the world. There is no state like Alabama in the country, and anyone trying to improve the state so kids growing up there have better life gets kicked in the backside by ignorant (even if educated), intollerant, people like Moore. Most people in Alabama, sadly, do not realize life can be so much better. It wasn't good enought for mamma and daddy, and it isn't good enough for you, and it won't be good enough for your children. Stand up Alabama and tell the Moore's of the world you don't want his view of the world. I doubt there is much time left before Alabama has no decent future left, no matter who you elect.

8:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah..."just stopped by"...right. "Just remembered why you left"...uh huh.

Tell you what, pal, why don't you just forget all about us neanderthal ignorami down here in Alabam and go smoke some more of what you're smoking in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts or New Jersey.

Yessir! Those are some greaaaaaaaaaat places to raise your kids. Corruption amok; dirty, rotten cities; rude denizens; high taxes; godless cultures; and public debt all the way to Pluto.

I think I can speak for nearly all of us non-Deserters when I say we don't want, nor do we need, your whiny, Liberal ass anywhere near here. Now shoo, Puke.

1:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you prove my point.

try places like Nashville, Charlotte, Lexington, Tampa, Austin, Ashville, Raleigh, Greenville (SC), Charlottesville, Oxford, ... to name a few. None of which are "liberal." All of which value education for their kids. None of which have the continuing history of tilting at windmills that AL does. Please stay in AL and don't travel beyond the state's borders; you just perpetuate the perception of ignorance.

3:50:00 AM  
Anonymous nancy said...

roy moore dont like twinkle because she wears a watch. roy moore believes women dont need a watch because there is a clock on the stove!

11:45:00 AM  
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