December 21, 2005
Moore’s wife seeks donations in letter
Would help him become a `spokesperson for Christian conservatism’
The Birmingham News
MONTGOMERY — The wife of Republican candidate for governor Roy Moore is asking supporters for a Christmas campaign gift to help her husband become a “national spokesperson for Christian conservatism.”
Kayla Moore wrote in an e-mail that Christmas was an appropriate time to begin their campaign “to return morality to our country and God to our public square.” Her husband is opposed by people who want to promote gay marriage and “remove Christ from Christmas,” she wrote.
J. Holland, a spokesman for Moore’s campaign, said the fund-raising letter was e-mailed to supporters last week.
In the letter, Kayla Moore suggested the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State “will stop at nothing to keep Roy Moore out of the Governor’s office in Alabama!”
“In short, they want to continue to promote homosexual marriages, maintain abortion on demand and remove Christ from Christmas,” Kayla Moore wrote. “They FEAR nothing more than the emergence of a powerful national spokesperson for Christian conservatism.
“And make no mistake: If elected governor of Alabama, my husband will be that spokesman!” she wrote. “But again, he can’t get there alone which is why I am hoping you and thousands of other Christian conservatives will join with my husband in his campaign for governor.”
Roy Moore shot to national prominence as Alabama chief justice for placing a Ten Commandments monument in the lobby of the state judicial building. He was removed from office for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove the structure.
In his early campaign appearances, Moore seemed intent on showing there was more to him than just religious issues. He railed against special interests and government spending.
This fund-raising letter seemed to be a return to his roots, said William Stewart a political scientist at the University of Alabama.
“He needs money, and he’s going back to the bedrock issue he’s staked out,” Stewart said.
Business groups and other big Republican donors are more likely to support incumbent Republican Bob Riley, so Moore is more dependent on grass-roots support, said David Lanoue, chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama.
Moore must run two simultaneous campaigns, Lanoue said. One is to keep the voters who like him for his Ten Commandments stance. The other is to show general Alabama voters that he is not a “one-trick pony” and has ideas on education, taxation and other matters.
A spokesman for Riley’s campaign declined to comment on the Moore letter. Riley is a Baptist who held Bible study classes for staffers in his Capitol offices.
Lanoue said Moore trying to pit himself against groups like the ACLU is no surprise. “This is not an unusual tactic for a candidate associated with the Christian right,” Lanoue said.
A spokesman for Americans United said the organization is nonprofit and not permitted by federal tax law to intervene in partisan campaigns. “In light of this, any claim that Americans United `will stop at nothing to keep Roy Moore out of the Governor’s office in Alabama’ is obviously specious,” said Rob Boston, director of communications for the organization.
The letter asks for donations by Dec. 31. Campaign fund-raising must cease when the Alabama Legislature convenes Jan. 10, and it cannot resume until Feb. 6.
“I know I am asking a lot especially right in the middle of this Christmas season when your focus is on family, friends and loved ones,” the letter reads. “But, I can think of no better time than this Holy Season to begin our campaign to return morality to our country and God to our public square. We need a man like Roy Moore as governor of Alabama. With your help and God’s grace we can, and will prevail!”
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