AP Interview: Ten Commandments judge starts new group
By Phillip Rawls, Associated Press The Ledger-Enquirer, (Columbus, Georgia), February 3, 2007
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore, didn't stay out of the political arena very long after losing the race for governor.
Moore is back, but it's with a new organization rather than a new candidacy.
Moore has started the Coalition to Restore America. So far, it's just what the name implies - a loose-knit coalition of conservative organizations that Moore has interacted with during his speaking trips across America.
Its goal is to foster political discussion that will help "bring America back to what it once was and what we believe it can be," Moore said.
The former Alabama chief justice never had much use for Democrats' views, and now he's fed up with lots of Republicans. He said too many are voicing one set of views to get elected by conservatives and then forgetting those view once they get into office.
"Right now, you don't see much difference between Democrats and Republicans. No matter what you think about George Wallace, one thing he did say is there is not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans," Moore said.
To back up his argument, Moore points to the State Board of Education, where Republicans hold a 5-4 majority. He said federal prosecutors, the FBI and Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson are vigorously addressing problems in Alabama's two-year college system, while most on the school board are dragging their feet.
He also points to the Republican losses in the November elections, which he attributes to many Republicans straying from conservative principles.
Those principles include smaller government, less taxes, separation between federal and state authority, morality, traditional marriage, and the independence of the church, Moore said.
In addition to starting the Coalition to Restore America, Moore is writing a weekly column for a Web site. And he's still active with the Foundation for Moral Law, the legal organization where he writes briefs to file in significant constitutional cases. The foundation recently restored and moved into a historic building that anchors one end of Montgomery's Dexter Avenue.
The state Capitol, where the governor's office is located, anchors the other end.
Moore has experienced the best and worst of politics in Alabama.
In 1995, a legal fight over the homemade Ten Commandments plaque he hung in his Gadsden courtroom turned the little-known circuit judge into a major political figure.
In 2000, he was elected Alabama's chief justice in an election where the two big contributors - business groups and plaintiff lawyers - wanted other candidates.
Moore's political rise ended in 2003, when the State Court of Judiciary removed him from office for not following a federal court order to remove a large granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building.
In 2004, some in the Constitution Party tried to get Moore to be the party's nominee for president.
Moore declined. Instead, he mounted a race for governor in 2006 that ended with his loss to incumbent Bob Riley in the Republican primary.
Moore said he's had "a lot of people ask" if he would consider running for president in 2008. "But I haven't thought about it."
One thing he has thought about is the current Republican field for president, and he's not impressed.
"The top three Republicans are McCain, Giuliani and Romney, and they are not conservatives," he said.
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