Chief Justice Race Heats Up


By Ellis Eskew


Former Chief Justice Roy Moore is running to get his old seat back. Moore was removed from office in 2003 for refusing to remove the ten commandments monument from the state judicial building.

However, Democratic candidate Bob Vance says it's time for new leadership.

"My opponent's prior tenure as Chief Justice was a very controversial time, not just pertaining to the monument but how he worked with the legislature, the difficulties that arose from that relationship," said Vance.

But Moore says he was not the problem.

"First, there was no controversy with the legislature. They cut the budget 13 million dollars. I can't say that is controversy with the legislature. I had to deal with it. We kept the court system open. My opponent, what he is doing now, is trying to change the outcome of this election," said Moore.

Moore says he expected the three republican supreme court justices to side with Vance because they didn't agree with him when he was in office.

Moore says he has the support of numerous other supreme court justices.

But Vance says its time to elect a chief justice that will uphold the law.

"He was removed from office because he disobeyed a court order. Each of us in America have an obligation to follow the law," said Vance.

However, Moore says he will stay true to God and Alabama's constitution. He believes his values are more in line with the values of Alabama residents.

"My opponent is very close to Barack Obama. And I differ from Barack Obama on many things. They support same sex marriage, taxpayer funded abortions, homosexual rights, bisexual rights and transgender rights."

Both Moore and Vance agree that the biggest issue facing the court system is the lack of funding in the budget.




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