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Barry Moore kicks off re-election campaign

Barry Moore kicked off his campaign with an event on his farm in Enterprise.

Barry Moore

Congressman Barry Moore, R-Alabama, on Friday formally launched his re-election campaign with a campaign kickoff event at his farm in Enterprise.

Rep. Moore is serving in his first term in Congress representing Alabama’s Second Congressional District.

The Alex Walker Band entertained the hundreds of Moore supporters in attendance. The attendees dined on barbecue sandwiches and hot dogs. There were fun activities for children. There was even a vintage U.S. military tank there for the children to experience.

Unfortunately, special guest speaker Congressman Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina, was not in attendance. Cawthorn is paraplegic and complications from his condition meant that he had to be hospitalized and could not attend the fundraiser.

Rep. Moore’s wife, Heather Moore, said: “Madison was so upset that he could not be there for Barry.”

The campaign event was a huge success, the campaign said.

Heather Moore said: “This is the biggest fundraiser that we have ever had. I think we may have set a Coffee County record.”

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Rep. Moore urged residents of the 2nd District to bring their federal government problems to his offices for assistance, especially veterans who are having difficulties accessing their VA benefits.

“Don’t hesitate,” Rep. Moore said. “Please let us help you!”

APR asked Rep. Moore: The president’s $3.5 trillion spending bill greatly increases social spending including health insurance subsidies and income tax credits. Is there some concern that all of this new social spending will dis-incentivize work and hamper the post-pandemic economic recovery?

Rep. Moore expressed concerns that job creators could be hurt.

“It is very difficult for businesses to compete with government checks for workers,” Rep. Moore said. “Especially with many businesses already hurting.”

Before the election, the state must reapportion and redistrict all seven of Alabama’s congressional districts. Moore represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Each of the seven districts must be reapportioned so that they have nearly the same amount of residents, according to the 2020 Census, in their districts.

APR asked: Are you concerned about pending redistricting?

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“No, not really,” Rep. Moore said. “Not since we didn’t lose a congressional district. Terri needs to pick up people. Jerry needs to give up some. Mike Rogers has to give up a little. The rest of us can work together to do what needs to be done.”

APR asked: Some groups have proposed redistricting plans. The League of Women Voters has proposed a plan to create two very competitive districts, the sixth and the seventh districts.

“That doesn’t make sense,” Rep. Moore said. “I think the state Legislature does a pretty good job (redistricting).”

Moore’s son, Jeb Moore, made the appeal for donations.

“If you donate a $100 you get a free ‘We the People’ hat,” Jeb Moore said. “We can’t do it without the support of the people.”

Heather Moore explained, “Barry was in a group that went in in defiance of Pelosi’s mask order and and refused to wear their masks. Barry was wearing this hat. The clip has gotten hundreds of thousands of views.”

“If you can’t afford a $100 give what you can,” Heather Moore said. “$20 goes a long way it will buy four yard signs.”

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Rep. Moore was elected in 2020 when Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, decided to leave Congress after five terms. He emerged from a field of 17 Republican primary contenders to win the GOP nomination in what is a very Republican district as it is presently constituted. Rep. Moore is a veteran. He served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018. He and Heather own a small waste management company in Enterprise. Rep. Moore has an agriculture degree from Auburn University.

The Republican primary is May 24, 2022.

Terell Anderson, Phyllis Harvey-Hall, Jack Slate, and Vimal Patel are all running for the Democratic nomination for Alabama’s Second Congressional District.

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

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