Sen. Luther Strange Urged To Launch Write-In Campaign In Wake Of Allegations Against Roy Moore

The Hill reports:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday she has talked to Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) about running a write-in campaign in the wake of an explosive new report that Roy Moore, the GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, had inappropriate encounters with teenage girls.

Strange challenged and lost to Moore in the Republican primary for the open Alabama Senate seat. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Murkowski won reelection in 2010 by running a successful write-in campaign.

However, Alabama law prohibits a candidate from withdrawing from a race within 76 days of Election Day, meaning Moore is expected to remain on the ballot. It is also unclear whether Strange could run a write-in campaign.

  • MikeBx2

    Yes, split the GOP vote.

    • FAEN

      My thoughts exactly.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      Yup and keep calling Moore “Pedo Roy” from now on to remind voters of who they are planning to vote for.

  • Paula

    Yes, please Luther! Your state needs you…

    • Lantor

      I see what you’re doing there….does AL senate need 50%+1? Or could you win with a plurality?

      • Jake

        Does anywhere need 50% + 1? I thought it was always the plurality.

        • Paula

          Texas is a 50% state, there is a runoff between the top two.

        • Louisiana does run-offs for US Senate. Mary Landrieu lost re-Election in a run-off.

  • Tatonka

    I’m sure Doug Jones is 100% behind this idea.

    • Reality.Bites

      I don’t know. I think a write-in campaign in Alabama is like a drive-in theatre in Venice.

  • Jmdintpa

    Roy Moore will win by double digits. This will all be seen as deep state fake news. I promise you he wins by double digits.

    • The_Wretched

      Regardless of the votes?

    • Paula

      Alas, you are probably correct. I hope the repubs in the senate are ready for some real crazy, they are sure going to get it.

    • MikeBx2

      If he remains the only GOP candidate on the ballot, then I agree. Alabamans aren’t going to let a little thing like child molestation make them vote for a Democrat.

    • They said the same for Gillespie.

  • Gustav2

    “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

    — Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler (R), quoted by the Washington Examiner, defending Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R), who is accused of initiating sexual relations with teenage girls.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alabama-state-auditor-defends-roy-moore-against-sexual-allegations-invokes-mary-and-joseph/article/2640217

    • Judas Peckerwood

      “Consider the lilies of the field. They were just asking for it.” — Matthew 6:28

      • Dazzer

        Ouch. Sooooooooo nasty. I love it.

    • Lizard

      Standards from 2,000 years ago. Totally applicable in the modern age. Oh, and he conveniently neglects to mention that God raped Mary–assuming Mary, Joseph, and Jesus ever existed to begin with.

      Rock-solid defense, right there.

  • fuzzybits

    OT: A different time. Obama rewriting his remarks for the memorial service for the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School,Dec. 2012, two days after it happened. https://i.redd.it/kpopnorz8zwz.jpg

    • Nick in Pasadena

      Two days after the Texas church shooting Drumpf was trying to figure out how to spell “heal” in a tweet, gave up, and sent one of his “crooked Hillary” tweets instead.

      • clay

        from a toilet . . . at 12:30 am

  • TK

    I don’t believe for a second that the Evangelicals are going to bolt on Moore over these allegations.

    • Lizard

      Evangelicals won’t, but the Alabama republicans who voted for Strange in September might.

    • The_Wretched

      I mean, who didn’t have stories like that about the youth pastor. /s

    • MikeBx2

      Yes, Jesus forgives Republican sexual perverts. He does not forgive Democrats who use private email servers.

      • Lizard

        Convenient, that.

      • TK
        • MikeBx2

          Already.

        • Uncle Mark

          I thought gawd was the father of Jeebus. He was also much older than Mary…by at least 4000 years as the Evangelicals would suggest

          • BobSF_94117

            I don’t think so. The earth was 4000. God was infinitely old. And still is. So they say.

          • Uncle Mark

            That’s why I said “at least.” As for the Evangelicals I’ve known, I’m not sure they have a grasp of the word infinity. They can’t even conceive 4.5 Billion years.

    • Henry Auvil

      If he molested them in a room with “lockers” then it’s OK. Everybody does that.

      • Lindoro Almaviva

        I love your avatar!!!! Medea.

    • It’s not the Evangelicals who matter in this.

      It’s the folks who just vote GOP because that’s what they normally do. The ones closer to the center politically.

    • Orly

      Agreed. Their eyes are on an American theocracy. Anything to promote that goal is a-ok with them, regardless of the means needed to get them there.

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN
  • Henry Auvil
    • olandp

      Jim Morrison was a beautiful man.

  • I endorse this suggestion.

  • TrueWords

    Given the average Alabamans literacy skills, a write-in ballot may be a little tough.

    Do “X’s” count?

    http://lite.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/cropped-LITE-Website-Banner.jpg

    • Guest

      They just need to learn how to make them letters for “Strange.” One owuld think they’d have heard the word before.

    • One out of four Alabama residents cannot read the words ‘functionally’ or ‘illiterate’. 😉

    • peacfulseas inWA

      I laughed for just a moment then thought that is truly a sad commentary. Also that lite bulb is too bright white. should have more yellow tones.

    • Treant

      So you’re saying the place really came up in the world during the Obama Administration?

      • TrueWords

        that is funny and probably true….

  • Puckfair52

    THIS FUCKER”S GOING DOWN! I just wish it would take his bitch wife and her moral snatch along with him

  • Guest

    Can you win in AL Senate races with less than 50% of the vote?

  • Lazycrockett

    Strange can’t because Alabama has a sore loser law, right?

    • clay

      No one on the TVs in this hotel lobby seem to be bringing that up.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Fox News, no doubt.

        • clay

          CNN and something (Atlanta local).

  • Alabamans really are not like the rest of us. AT ALL.
    https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/928727380629303296

  • Guess

    Faces Come Out of The Rain
    When You’re…

  • The guy who was raping young teen girls…
    https://twitter.com/RobertMaguire_/status/928732194427867136

    • clay

      But now we know what went wrong with Moore’s son, yes?

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Well part of it anyway.

      • TCinBerkeley

        Allegedly Moore “groomed” his wife starting as a teen (can’t verify that, saw it in a comment on the Birmingham newspaper website about the WaPo story) which, if true, is just a creepy as this ass seems to be.

  • Guess

    How ’bout State Auditor Jim Ziegler? He sounds reasonable…

    “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

    • BobSF_94117

      Not every guy with wood is a carpenter…

    • Gianni

      But Joseph wasn’t his bio father. Mary certainly, like so many women in the Bible, got the shitty end of the stick. She was impregnated by a Holy Spirit and definitely without her permission. I’ll just do it to her, thought God.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Then there’s his sleazy apologists…

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/928734899628052486

    • Dazzer

      Could you point out to him that if he had a problem with Milo Wassisname saying it was alright screwing around with 14-year-olds, why doesn’t he have a problem when Roy Moore does it?

      • BobSF_94117

        Cuz, if I read and recall correctly, there was no hole-poking.

        • Dazzer

          Pah! Bill Clinton excuse: “It’s not sex if only sucking is involved.” 🙂

          • BobSF_94117

            Now, now. Let’s be clear, Bill denied having ‘sexual relations’. He was technically correct, as that phrase has a particularly legal meaning. They knew he was too clever by half, so they opened the door for him and in he went. (please ignore unintended double-entendres)

          • Dazzer

            Bob, man, you’re on JMG.

            I have to ignore double-entendres? What kind of sadist are you??????????

  • Clive Johnson
  • Ninja0980

    Great idea, that will split the GOP vote.

  • JCF

    I called it!

    “Any minute, expect Senate Rethugs will announce a “write-in Luther Strange” campaign…”

    http://www.joemygod.com/2017/11/09/alabama-roy-moore-refuses-debate-opponent/#comment-3608430863

    • Dazzer

      You get a standing ovation from me!!!!

      Well done.

      (Can you give me the winning Euro Lottery numbers for tomorrow, please? You seem to be on a roll and I want to take advantage of it – I’ll go halves with you on the winnings.)

      • JCF

        Well, if it’ll help, here’s what I recently pulled out of a fortune cookie! 1, 5, 18, 23, 47, 35

  • skyweaver

    Well how very impressive the Republicans are suddenly outraged by sexual assault

    • clay

      . . . when the guy’s black, Jewish or gay.

  • Professor Barnhardt
  • djcoastermark

    With the babble thumpers you know the old line- But it was the girls’ fault, If she had not been the devils’ temptress..” or some nonsense.

  • jayjonson

    Alabama has a “sore loser” law. Since Strange ran for the Republican nomination and was defeated, he cannot now run even as a write-in.

    Jeff Sessions, on the other hand, could launch a write-in campaign.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Yes, Luther. Go! Go! Go!

  • DrRobY

    If I had tons of money I would form Two Superpacs—thank you Citizens United—to flood the Alabama airwaves with:

    Pro-Strange:
    “Alabama deserves a conservative senator who does not make up his own rules whenever it suits him. Roy Moore did that on the Alabama Supreme Court, and was punished twice for doing so. Now we hear that he tried to have sex with a young girl. He thinks he’s above the law. We need to send to Washington a true conservative who believes that he is not above the law. So this Election Day, write in the name ‘Luther Strange’ on your ballot to save Alabama.”

    Pro-Moore:
    “Alabama. You don’t need the Washington elite telling you who you should vote for. Roy Moore has been fighting for Alabama as an outsider for years. Now he is making the establishment worried. Good. Send Roy Moore to Washington to shake up the liberals and send them packing. Together with Donald Trump, he can make America the way it ought to be, the way god intended it. Don’t fall for this write in plea. Vote Roy Moore.”

    Pro-Jones:
    “Hey Alabama, I’m sane, and I know what I am doing.”

    Then break out the popcorn.

  • andrew

    Maybe Alabama will again send a centrist or center-right person to represent them in the U.S. Senate. From 1946 to 1997 Alabama was represented in the Senate by highly respected men. John Sparkman was an Alabama Senator and the V.P. running mate of Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 election. Howell Heflin represented Alabama until 1997 and in 1986, as a Senator, voted against Jeff Sessions appointment to be a Federal Judge. Realists don’t expect Alabama Senators to vote in lock step with Warren and Sanders but we should expect rational people to contribute their opinions in open and healthy debates.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      Unfortunately, we are talking about the “modern” Republican Party here. There are NO more “centrist” or “center-right” persons to consider. They are all a bunch of religious nutcases with their eyes on creating a theocracy.

  • Danieruw

    Now will the Democrats pour in money and volunteers? This is a winnable race!

    • Al Prazolam

      If Strange launches a write-in campaign then the Rs will split the vote and Jones could win. But I wouldn’t count Roy Moore out entirely. Those Bible belters stick together.

  • Rocco

    We can only hope…I hope he does it. I heard that Lisa Murkowski has contacted him…..

  • motordog

    It won’t matter, I fear. For so many in this country, it is no longer truly about issues, ethics or policies…it’s about which ‘brand’ you follow. If Moore was ‘their guy’, then Moore will still be ‘their guy’, even if he molested a toddler. These people are morally bankrupt and ethically blind.

  • chewy

    Good grief, this kind of talk will only get MORE votes for dumbass “Ray” — this is Alabama, after all.