Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, received a full-throated endorsement from his political party Wednesday, and spoke about the importance of funding the judicial branch and the Alabama court system.
“We have budget problems,” Moore said. “We’ve had budget problems for a number of years. We had budget problems back in 2000, or 2001, when our budget was cut by some $13 million — the largest cut to that date — but resolved those problems, and we can resolve these problems.”
Moore said he’ll be going to Montgomery “as early as next week” to discuss the Alabama court system’s funding with legislators.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead introduced Moore. “The Alabama Republican Party stands firmly behind Judge Roy Moore to serve as the next chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court,” Armistead said.
Moore served as chief justice from 2001 until he was removed in 2003 for failing to follow a federal judge’s order to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from from the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore beat out his Republican opponents, including Charles Graddick and incumbent Chuck Malone, in the primary to win his party’s nomination. He faces Pelham lawyer Harry Lyon in November.