Judge Roy Moore is not ruling out another run for public office in the state of Alabama, including potentially a run for governor.
Moore stated Thursday that he would have “no reluctance” to run another campaign.
“At a press conference on April 30, 2018 announcing the filing of a defamation lawsuit against my accusers, a reporter asked me if I had plans to run for public office again,” Moore stated.
“I have no plans at this time for running for anything,” I said. The reporter continued: “Not even Governor?” I answered: “No.”
The Associated Press then sent out a story, picked up by Time Magazine, that misquoted me as saying I had “no plans to run for any office again, including that of Alabama governor.”
To clarify, as I said in my response, I have no plans at this time to run for office. Nevertheless, plans change. If the opportunity arises to make a difference, I will have no reluctance to again run for political office, including that of Governor,” Moore stated.
This surprising news comes alongside a full-scale legal battle by Judge Moore to clear his name after allegations surfaced about him in The Washington Post.
Last year’s special election to find a replacement for Alabama’s Junior Senator was rocked when Judge Roy Moore, who was poised to win the seat, was hounded by rumors of sexual assault from three women. Those claims were so damaging to his reputation that Doug Jones, an unknown Democrat candidate, was able to beat Moore on election night.
While the media played up the accusations against Moore being from nine or more people, Judge Moore’s legal counsel made it clear at a press conference that there were three women accusers, and any inflated numbers were false.
Melissa Isaac, who is representing Judge Moore and his family, stated that they are suing all three accusers, along with two people connected to the accusations made against Moore. The five people being sued are Richard Hagadorn, Marjorie Leigh Corfman, Debbie Wesson Gibson, Beverly Young Nelson, Tina Turner Johnson.
The complaint against the three accusers, and two accomplices, is being filed in Etowah County, where the allegations against Moore took place, and where the five being sued all live. The complaint against them is for political conspiracy, among other charges.