Senator Shelby on Roy Moore

Richard Shelby, the senior Republican Senator from Alabama:

“I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name,” Shelby said. “I’d rather see another Republican in there and I’m going to stay with that story. I’m not going to vote for the Democrat, I didn’t vote for the Democrat or advocate for the Democrat. But I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore.”The state of Alabama deserves better.”

For those readers who think that all the discussion and criticisms of Moore are simply partisanship.

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  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Did Senator Shelby speak out against Donald Trump after it was made public that Trump had confessed to sexually molesting women?
    Enquiring minds want to know?

  2. @Mister Bluster: Not to my recollection.

  3. JohnMcC says:

    Might be worthwhile to point out that Sen Shelby’s next opportunity to meet AL voters personally is in 2022. I bet he still feels that’s a little too soon.

  4. Gustopher says:

    “The state of Alabama deserves better.”

    Does it? Does it really?

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Gustopher: Not if Roy Moore gets elected because too many sat at home or voted some write in name instead of voting for the Devil incarnate DEM.