Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore may have lost his position on the state high court, but he might not be giving up on elective office just yet. Recent reports say Moore is considering a run for the U.S. presidency.
Addressing a gathering of the far-right Constitution Party in Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 24, Moore was asked if he would consider running for president. He replied, "Not right now" but refused to rule out entering the race at a later date.
Jessica Atteberry, a Moore spokeswoman, later told WorldNetDaily.com, a right-wing news site, that Moore wants to regain his seat on the Alabama high court and that decisions about running for higher office will come after that matter is settled.
Moore made national headlines last summer after he defied a federal court order to remove a two-and-a-half-ton Ten Commandments monument he had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. A state judicial oversight body later voted unanimously to remove him from the court. Moore is appealing that vote, and the matter is pending before a special panel of state judges.
Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center sponsored the lawsuit against Moore on behalf of Alabama plaintiffs.
Remarking on a possible Moore candidacy, Atteberry said, "Anything is possible. However, until the appeal process has been run through, he'll make no decision for political office."
Since being ousted from the Alabama court, Moore has been making the rounds on the Religious Right lecture circuit, where he has been received with wild enthusiasm. His address to the Constitution Party was part of a series of lectures before conservative Christian groups. The fringe party, founded by longtime ultra-conservative operative Howard Phillips, was on the ballot in 41 states in 2000. The party, which espouses a form of fundamentalist Christian theocracy and argues that America was founded to be a "Christian nation," would seem to be a good match for Moore. (Herb Titus, a member of Moore's legal team, ran for vice-president under the party's banner in 1996.)
At least one analyst thinks Moore would have broad appeal among conservatives.
"If he can get on talk shows and stir up conservative voters he could easily get significantly more than the usual third-party vote totals," Richard Winger editor of Ballot Access News, told WorldNetDaily.
Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund later wrote that a Moore...