Roy Moore, the polarizing Republican judge who lost a U.S. Senate race in a bitter 2017 special election, said Thursday heâs planning to run again in 2020.
Senate Republicans greeted the news with a collective eye roll, with Arizonaâs Sen. Martha McSally dropping the zinger of the day to Politico:
âGive me a break. This place has enough creepy old men.â
âI wonât support him,â Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters. âThere are a lot reasons known to you and everybody else. I think Alabama could do better.â
âThe people of Alabama are smarter than that,â Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said, according to Politico. âThey certainly didnât choose him last time, why would they choose him this time?â
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky agreed. âHe can do what he wants to, but weâre certainly going to oppose him in every way,â he told the Associated Press.
Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court justice, was beaten in 2017 by Democrat Doug Jones, a stunning outcome in a reliably Republican state. But Mooreâs baggage, including multiple accusations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct with underage girls, proved to be too toxic for voters.
Despite backing his 2017 campaign, President Donald Trump urged Moore not to run again, tweeting last month that âhe cannot win.â
âRepublicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama,â Trump tweeted on May 29.
Moore himself may be one of the only ones who thinks he has a chance. âCan I win? Yes I can win,â he said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
His Republican opponents in 2020 will likely include Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and state legislator Arnold Mooney, who have already announced their bids.