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Congressman Andy Harris and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer endorse Moore

Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters and media after leaving the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 as the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Moore for Senate Campaign announced two more high profile endorsements when U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., and former GOP candidate for President Gary Bauer both endorsed Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.

Harris said in a statement, “Washington needs to be shaken up, and I can’t think of a better man to do that than Judge Roy Moore. He will bring not only principle to the senate, but also a backbone of steel. I am proud to endorse him.”

After receiving the endorsement, Moore replied in his own statement: “I thank Congressman Harris for his support. The principled men in Washington who are fighting for limited government and for real conservative change are coming together to support our campaign. They are fighting in the trenches and to them I say ‘help is on the way’.”

Harris has represented Maryland’s 1st Congressional District since 2011. He previously served in the Maryland state Senate. The son of immigrants who fled communism in Eastern Europe, Harris has vigilantly fought for limited government. Harris is an anesthesiologist with over 30 years of experience.

Bauer also endorsed Moore. Bauer is the chairman of Campaign for Working Families.

Bauer said in a statement, “Judge Moore is the kind of principled man we need in Washington.  He has shown that he will always put principles and the constitution before political gain, even at great personal cost. If we are going to keep our promises to the American people, we need men of integrity like Judge Moore in the Senate to make that possible.”

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In the official endorsement letter from the Campaign for Working Families PAC, Mr. Bauer added, “Now, more than ever, we need men and women in congress who understand the proper, limited role of government. We need committed conservatives who will unapologetically defend the commonsense values of the American people. Your steadfast leadership and support of pro-family, pro-life, pro-free enterprise values is greatly appreciated by CWF and all of our members. You have a consistent record that the conservative voters of Alabama can rely on and I am proud to stand with you in this important Senate campaign.”

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, “We thank Gary for his leadership in the conservative movement and for his support.”

Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said, “Gary has been standing up for conservative government since he served in President Reagan’s administration 30 years ago. He has seen promises made and promises broken. He knows Judge Moore’s record and that the people of Alabama can count on Judge Moore to keep his word.”

Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration as under secretary of education and chief domestic policy advisor. After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. He currently serves as the chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC and as president of American Values, an educational non-profit. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2000, ultimately losing to Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who went on to win the general election.

Moore is the choice of a growing number of members of Congress and conservative thought leaders. Washington special interests have preferred Moore’s opponent, U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange after U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General.

The special Republican primary runoff will be on Sept. 26, 2017.

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The eventual winner will face Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Dec. 12 in the special general election.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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