The Alabama race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions in January is over. Democratic candidate Doug Jones won the election, albeit by a narrow margin, and is to be certified by Alabama election officials at 1:00 p.m. today. End of story, right? Maybe, maybe not, for Roy Moore, like a spoiled child who did not get his way, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop Jones from being certified, stop him from being sworn into the Senate on 03 January, and has called for a new election.
Moore is claiming, with zero evidence, ‘voter fraud’ as his justification for the lawsuit. The only ‘evidence’ he claims is that he really thought more people would vote for him, and concerns about the high turnout of Democrats on election night, December 12th. Might we remind Mr. Moore that simply because registered voters who happen to disagree with him show up at the polls, it does not provide any indication of ‘fraud’. And might we remind Mr. Moore that his was a flawed candidacy from the very beginning, given that he had twice been thrown off the judicial bench for failure to uphold the law? And might we further remind Mr. Moore that there were massive credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors, accusations of pedophilia, against him?
While his attorneys waited until nearly the last minute to file this lawsuit, Moore has been sending out emails soliciting donations from his supporters to “investigate claims of voter fraud”. And no doubt some of them can find no better use for their money than to support this bigoted pedophile in his illusions.
The likelihood of his lawsuit stopping Mr. Jones’ certification appear to be slim-to-none, as Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, said he has no intention of delaying the certification by the canvassing board:
“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified [on Thursday] at 1 pm and he will be sworn in by Vice-President Pence on 3 January. I have not seen any irregularities or any inconsistencies that are outside the norm.”
And this just in, as I was writing this piece:
A judge has denied Roy Moore’s request to halt certification of Doug Jones’ win in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick issued an order denying Moore’s request to halt the certification at 12:26 p.m. Thursday. “The court is of the opinion that it does not have jurisdiction pursuant to Section 17-16-44, Code of Alabama 1975; as amended. It is therefore, ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order be and is hereby denied. It is further ordered that this matter is hereby dismissed,” he stated. – AL.com
Score one for common sense. Now, if Mr. Moore will please hop back onto his horse and return to his farm, we can get on with business.