The controversial former justice has the backing of one of Alabama’s biggest trial lawyers, who typically supports Democrats, according to a new report from AL.com.
Ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has the support of a major Alabama figure who usually supports Democrats, according to a new report from AL.com.
AL.com‘s Howard Koplowitz reported late Wednesday that trial lawyer Jere Beasley, who has overwhelmingly supported Democrats in the past, is behind Moore in his Sept. 26 runoff with Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).
On the other, Moore is being backed by a self-described Democrat from a Democratic-dominated industry: top Alabama trial lawyer Jere Beasley.
Beasley, chairman and founder of the Beasley Allen law firm, sent three emails to the firm’s more than 300 employees urging them to vote for Moore in the Aug. 15 primary and the upcoming Sept. 26 runoff, casting the election as a “David vs. Goliath” matchup that is “important to our firm and our clients.”
…Of the 269 times Beasley has donated to congressional campaigns since 1989, he gave to Republicans only 17 times – including two contributions to Moore last month totaling $5,000, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Beasley’s bio on his firm’s website calls him “one of the leading trial lawyers in the entire country.”
The support from a Democrat-supporting trial lawyer is not the first controversy for Moore’s campaign to be Alabama’s next U.S. senator.
NTK Network reported in August on a video in which Moore said he’s “akin” to Russian president Vladimir Putin on the issue of same-sex marriage. In the same interview, Moore called America evil.
Later in August, NTK Network reported that Moore “delayed the 2002 murder trial of a KKK member” because of budget shortfalls in the Alabama court system, even around the time he advocated for pay raises for him and his colleagues.
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