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Opinion | Congressman Barry Moore turns back on law enforcement

“Moore is my congressman. But he does not represent me in any form or fashion.”

Congressman Barry Moore

Barry Moore is the brand new Republican congressman from Alabama’s 2nd District. One would expect such politicians to support law enforcement efforts at every opportunity. But as we learned this week, this does not include the small band of radical Republicans who voted against HR3325, legislation to award four Congressional gold medals to U.S. Capitol Police and those who protected the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6.

The legislation was passed by a margin of 406-21. And unbelievably, Moore was one of the 21.

I mean, how do you justify your vote if you are Moore? You don’t — unless you are a total fruitcake as Moore has just demonstrated he must be. (I have yet to see any explanation from Moore for his reasoning).

Now Moore has joined forces with such folks as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and a handful of others.

I live in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. Moore is my congressman. But he does not represent me in any form or fashion. If I want to see a clown, I will go to the circus — not to one of his town hall meetings.

But the truth is, given Moore’s history, we probably should not be that surprised.

You see, when you check out his history in the Alabama House, you find clues that he can not be trusted.

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Here are excerpts from an article in the Alabama Political Reporter from June 15, 2020, that shed a lot of light:

“Moore entered politics in 2010, at the urging of then-Chair of the Republican Party Mike Hubbard.

With the help of over $150,000 contributed by Hubbard-controlled PACs, Moore defeated Democrat incumbent, Terry Spicer, in 2010.

Just two months after being elected, Moore received a contract with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for $27,500. The contract was executed in the name of Hopper-Moore, Inc., doing business as Barry Services. Hooper-Moore is registered as a “minority-owned business” because Moore’s wife, Heather, is purportedly part-Native American.

On December 15, 2011, two additional payments were made to Hopper-Moore from ADEM, one for $8,950, and the other $16,900. The three contracts in FY 2011 and FY 2012 were for “solid waste.”

In his first two years in office, Moore got $64,612 in state contracts. He had never done business with the state prior to being elected.

“One of Hubbard’s economic development plans in 2012 was to bring 100 new jobs to Moore’s district in an expansion deal with Enterprise Electronics Corporation.

A deed from Coffee County signed on August 15, 2012, shows that Moore and his wife, Heather, sold their suburban home to Enterprise Electronics Corporation for $650,000.

The real estate estimate for the five bedroom, 4.5 bath home was listed at $424,898. Neither Moore nor Enterprise Electronics Corporation answered why the company paid $200,000 over market value.

Also, in 2012, along with other House members, Moore sought to insert language into State law that would benefit private companies who provided solid waste management within certain counties and/or municipalities, including a company owned by Moore.

HB274 would have “prohibit a county, municipality, or solid waste authority from providing commercial front-end loader, roll-off, or commercial recycling collection services within the county or the municipality if there are two or more private solid waste providers offering those services in the county.”

Moore, along with fellow Republican legislators, proposed this bill, even though Moore owned a solid waste management company (Barry Moore Industries) that would have stood to gain personally from this bill’s passage.

Moore was arrested in April of 2014, on felony perjury and lying to authorities charges. He was accused of providing false statements to a grand jury during a grand jury probe that eventually led to Hubbard’s indictment.

While Moore would be acquitted of the charges, it was Hubbard who facilitated Moore’s legal defense.

On his weekly FPCA filing for May 9, 2014, Moore listed an expenditure of $25,000 to Baxley, Dillard, McKnight & James, the law firm that would represent him at trial.

Hubbard’s Storm PAC gave Moore $10,000 on the day that Moore was served his indictments from the AG’s office and $15,000 just days after his arrest. Moore posted $10,000 in cash for his bail on April 24.

Moore also received significant donations from Hubbard’s closest allies, including Alabama 2014 PAC, managed by former Gov. Bob Riley.

According to that year’s April filings with the Secretary of State, Riley’s PAC gave Moore $25,000. Donations made to Moore by Hubbard and Riley were the largest donations either PAC gave any single candidate.

Moore was a Hubbard loyalist who benefited financially from his time in public office.”

So law enforcement personnel were risking their lives to protect those in Congress. But Barry Moore turned his back on them. What a guy!

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