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A (not so) Strange Tactic 8/7/17 By Dave Gunn PDF  | Print |  E-mail


8/7/17    By Dave Gunn


A (not so) Strange Tactic



      A few weeks ago Judge Roy Moore was leading in the Republican Primary race with about a third of the vote, with Luther Strange and Mo Brooks tied for second 8-10 points behind.  This was an alarming situation for Strange, who had been given over 4-million dollars from Washington insider Republicans and had spent much of it on media to knock out all his opponents early.


      Knowing that only two candidates would survive to compete in the almost certain run-off, Strange targeted Mo Brooks with a blitz campaign of ads accusing him of being a “never Trumper.”  Even though Strange himself had been strangely quiet during the presidential campaign, the anti-Trump statements by Brooks were well known.  The tactic worked.


      Now Mo Brooks has dropped to 16 points in the polls.  Strange has picked up most of Brook’s lost support and is in a statistical tie with Judge Moore for first place.  That Moore is doing as well as he is, is a tribute to his popularity in the state, for Moore has spent less than one-hundred thousand dollars so far, compared to millions by Strange.


      Having pushed Brooks out of contention, and wanting to come out of the first round of voting as the leader, Strange has changed his tactics.  He has now turned his guns on Moore, using an additional 10-million dollars from Washington to launch a vicious and lying attack upon him.


      In a commercial now running Moore is accused of raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money while sitting on the Alabama Supreme Court.  This is stated as though Moore had stolen the money.  Doesn’t Strange know that the salaries for state Supreme Court justices are set by law?    And the commercial doesn’t tell you that, as Alabama Attorney General, Strange made about the same salary as Moore.


      In the same commercial Moore is attacked for receiving over a million dollars from the Foundation for Moral Law.  However, what the commercial doesn’t tell you is that the amount stated as paid to Moore wasn’t paid.  It was owed to Moore for legal work he did on their behalf, but not all of it was paid because the foundation did not have the money to pay all.  Still, Moore did the work for them.


      What was the legal work Moore did for the Foundation for Moral Law?  He defended them in legal battles against such far-leftist hate groups as the anti-God, anti-American ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center.


      And let’s make this point clear: When Luther Strange was trying his best to look the other way concerning corruption in the Governor’s office, and making a deal with the Devil for a U.S. Senate appointment, Moore was in the trenches doing battle with the forces of evil.


      By the way, it may interest you to know that I have made well over a million dollars in my lifetime.  Now that might sound impressive except that it was made over the course of 47 years, which keeps me firmly in the middle class.


      Of course, Luther Strange will claim that it is not his commercial.  After all, it was made by the Senate Leadership Fund, and carries a disclaimer that it was not made on the behalf of any political candidate.  Do they really think that we are too stupid to see behind the curtain?


      So who is the Senate Leadership Fund?  The same bunch of Washington Republican insiders led by Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove who have, at this point, given Luther Strange over 10 million dollars because they know that he will play ball in the Senate.


      As we asked before, so we ask again: Can Luther Strange, not relying on the people of Alabama, but getting his funding from fat-cat Washington Republican insiders, and attacking his opponents with that money, win the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions?  Again, we will soon know




[Dave Gunn is the nom de plume of Dr. David E. Gonnella, Pastor of the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, Alabama.  The opinions expressed are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the church or its membership.]