Roy Moore, Alabama’s “Ten Commandments judge,” says he’s likely to run for governor

Posted by Hannah Wolfson — Birmingham News April 12, 2009

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore says he’s very likely to run for governor again next year.

Moore told the Associated Press that he plans to announce his decision June 1. That’s when he could start raising money for the Republican primary in June 2010.

"Right now I’m very inclined to enter. I feel there is a need, and I feel I’m well qualified for the position," he said.

Moore, 62, garnered just 33 percent of the GOP primary vote when he ran against Gov. Bob Riley in 2006. But Riley can’t run again in 2010.

In that race Moore refused to take money from political action committees, which hurt his fundraising. This time, he said, he’ll take some PAC money.

So far, Greenville businessman Tim James is the only announced GOP candidate, although others have indicated they may run, including State Treasurer Kay Ivey, State Rep. Robert Bently, Alabama junior college Chancellor Bradley Byrne and Birmingham attorney Luther Strange.


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