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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Alabama GOP Senate Favorite Roy Moore Floats McConnell Ouster

Outsider Roy Moore knocks Republican leader over campaign tactics, lack of results on conservative agenda


Outsider Roy Moore, who is favored to knock off Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) in this month’s Republican primary runoff, suggested Friday that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be replaced as majority leader.
In an interview with LifeZette, Moore objected both to McConnell’s lack of results in passing President Donald Trump’s agenda and his attempts to prop up Strange.
“I wouldn’t necessarily think he would be a majority leader I would support,” he said. “But, you know, I can work with anybody. I’m not a person who doesn’t forgive. But, you know, you don’t get over these things easily.”
McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Alabama Republicans will pick their nominee on Sept. 26 for the state vacated by Jeff Sessions, who became President Donald Trump's attorney general. Strange, appointed to the seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, finished second in the first round of balloting last month. Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice and popular figure on the religious Right, came in first.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with McConnell, dumped more than $2 million into the primary during the first round. Much of that went into attack ads targeting Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who finished third.

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