By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Thursday, August 3, 2017, the Judge Roy Moore for US Senate campaign announced the endorsement of business leader, conservative activist, and past President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, John Giles.
Former Christian Coalition Giles said, “Judge Roy Moore is a proven, tried and tested principled man of character. The judge is the perfect candidate for this job because he is Jeff Sessions on steroids. He will stand up for the values of Alabama and will never bow or be drawn into the mire of the Washington establishment.”
Giles served as President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama from 1998 to 2006. During his tenure as President, he tenaciously lobbied on behalf of economic, moral and socially conservative Christian values – most notably worked to pass the marriage amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman, fought against the expansion of gambling, abortion, and increasing taxes. During Judge Roy Moore’s Ten Commandments battle in 2003, the Christian Coalition, led by Giles, rallied the grassroots from across the country to stand with Moore for religious liberty and the right to acknowledge God.
Former Chief Justice Roy Moore said in a statement, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of John Giles. John understands that America must first acknowledge God before we can return to the greatness that once was ours and this is why he spent years in the trenches, battling for the triumph of principles in Alabama politics. During the Ten Commandments trial, the Christian Coalition, led by John, was right beside me and I am honored to have his support once again as we take this fight to our nation’s capital.”
While Giles is supporting Moore, the more recent President of the Alabama Christian Coalition, Dr. Randy Brinson, is among the 8 Republican candidates running against Moore in the August 15 primary.
Judge Roy Moore is in a heavily contested election where he is being heavily outspent. Then Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the seat after Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General. Strange is a former Washington DC lobbyist. His brother lobbyists from DC and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) are spending $millions to keep Strange in the Senate and have resorted to negative ads against Moore and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).
Nine Republicans are running for the US Senate. They include: James Paul Beretta, Joseph F. Breault, Randy Brinson, Mo Brooks, Mary Maxwell, Roy Moore, Bryan Peeples, Trip Pittman, and Luther Strange.
Seven Democratic candidates are running in the US Senate Special Primary Election. Qualified candidates are Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.
Dom Gentile (R) and Brian McGee (D) both dropped out of the race.
The Special Major Party Primaries are on August 15, 2017. The Major Party Runoffs will be on September 28, 2017. The Special General Election will be on December 12, 2017.