ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The field of candidates for the 2020 Senate race is growing, and the speculation is over Roy Moore is running, again. That announcement has many asking if the old controversy will still create new problems for the Republican hopeful who draws national attention.
Roy Moore lost to Doug Jones in 2017, and during that campaign, several women came forward with allegations against the former judge. Recently, President Donald Trump said if Moore enters the race, it could cost Republicans the Senate seat.
“I’m not going against President Trump at all, I support President Trump, I’ll vote for President Trump, whether he votes for me or not we’ll see, I’m sure he will when, I get in the general election but I’m going for the people of Alabama, I don’t represent Washington DC., I don’t represent Arizona, New Mexico, I represent the people of this state. I’m very proud of our state,” says Senate hopeful Roy Moore.
Roy Moore’s announcement comes with a lot of backlash. His opponent said his name on the ballot will divide the Republican party, but on camera, he didn’t address his announcement at all.
“I know you are all interested in what I’ve got to say about all the folks who may or may not be running for the Senate in 2020, but I’ve said before, I really can’t comment in these official calls. I think it’d be best to not comment at this point; it’d be pure speculation on my part,” Sen. Doug Jones said.
CBS 42’s Malique Rankin stopped in Etowah County, where Moore was born, to see how residents felt about the announcement.
“He’s just straight, God-fearing man,” said Brian Parks, a Gadsden resident. He said Moore’s sexual assault allegations were no concern to him. “That gets brought up about a lot of people.”
Some residents hope the voter turnout speaks for itself.
“I think us women need to speak up. We need to go and vote so they can hear our voice that way we can actually let them know who runs the deal,” said Jazmen Lopez.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced he will not support Moore’s candidacy. At least three other Alabama Republicans are running for the seat. The primary election is on March 3.