By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, August 4, 2017, the Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced their endorsement of former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore (R), as well as Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in the race for US Senate.
The Chairman of GOA, Tim Macy said in a statement, “Judge Moore has long been an articulate, and uncompromising, champion for gun rights.”
Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said, “Having the support of Gun Owners of America and the 1.5 million members and activists they represent is just the latest example of the conservative grassroots coming together to support Judge Moore.”
Chairman Armistead said, “We need a champion for Alabamians in the Senate, not someone who will be a yes man for the failed leadership of Mitch McConnell.”
Macy said, “Mo Brooks has an ‘A’ rating from GOA as US Representative, and Judge Moore has long been an articulate, and uncompromising, champion for gun rights. Either of these candidates would fight for gun rights, instead of the DC establishment.”
Macy however expressed concerns over US Senator Luther Strange’s true loyalty. Macy said, “Strange has pledged his loyalty to Senate leaders. Unfortunately, he has quickly become a ‘Swamp Creature.’”
Macy said that while they have concerns about Strange, on the other hand, both Brooks and Moore have strong, uncompromising records on gun rights.
Gun Owners of America is one of the largest groups in the United States dedicated to defending the Second Amendment.
The pro Second Amendment rights community is divided on Strange.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has not only endorsed Luther Strange; but is paying for television and radio ads supporting his candidacy.
NRA-PVF Chairman Chris Cox said, “Luther Strange is a tremendous advocate for our Second Amendment freedoms and we need to keep him in our nation’s capital fighting for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, For years, Luther has stood firm against any and all attempts to infringe on our freedoms in Alabama and he is doing the same for us in Washington.”
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 U.S. 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 26, 2017. The Special General Election will be on December 12, 2017.