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Moore communications director John Rogers leaves campaign

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

Wednesday afternoon, the Moore Campaign confirmed reporting that John Rogers, formerly the communications director, had left the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign.

“John Rogers served as Communications Director for the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign for the last several weeks and we appreciate his valuable contributions to our team. As we all know, campaigns make changes throughout the duration of the campaign, as do those working in the campaign. John made the decision to leave the campaign last Friday – any representations to the contrary are false – and we wish him well,” campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, released in a statement.

Senior campaign adviser, Brett Doster, told CNN on Wednesday that John Rogers didn’t have the experience to deal with the level of scrutiny brought on by the national press, and the campaign had to make a change. He added that Rogers had not been dismissed but that he “didn’t like playing second fiddle on the communications side.”

“Effective immediately, all media inquiries should be directed to Hannah Ford who serves as Deputy Campaign Manager,” said Chairman Armistead.

Hannah Ford previously wrote conservative columns for the Alabama Political Reporter before deciding to devote herself full-time to lobbying the state Legislature for conservative causes such as passing pro-life legislation and legislation protecting religious liberties. Ford was an early political operative for Roy Moore when the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court decided to run for U.S. Senate. Ford rose to head Moore’s grass roots efforts then to acting communications director when Katie Frost left the post after the Republican runoff and before Rogers was hired. Ford is now Moore’s deputy campaign manager.

Ford’s father is Montgomery area pastor, Tom Ford, who headed Sanctity of Marriage Alabama during the defense of marriage controversy.

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Moore faces Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the Dec. 12, 2017 special election. Polls show this race running very tight.

Brandon Moseley
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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,297 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



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