sunny.png
Tuesday August 20th, 2019 6:40PM

Team of staunch conservative allies defends Moore in Alabama

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With Roy Moore's Republican U.S. Senate candidacy threatened by sexual misconduct claims, one of his closest aides recently stepped up to a microphone outside the state Capitol and jabbed at the air. Declaring that God has picked Alabama voters to decide the nation's future, he urged them not to be "tricked."

"All hell is coming to Alabama against Judge Roy Moore," said campaign strategist Dean Young, spreading his arms wide for effect.

Moore always has attracted fervent believers willing to cross state lines to support of his mix of far-right politics and conservative Christianity. But Moore also is surrounded by a circle of closer allies who have stood with him for years during culture wars that made him a darling to religious conservatives nationwide.

Decades-old accusations involving young women are now threatening Moore's political life in a race against Democrat Doug Jones, and his team is all in. They have different roles, like players on a football field. Here's a look at some of Moore's inner circle:

___

DEAN YOUNG

Young, a bombastic fighter with closely cropped hair, a goatee and glasses, is often seen near Moore in TV shots.

He's been at Moore's side since the 1990s, when Moore was a local judge fighting the American Civil Liberties Union after hanging a handmade wooden plaque of the Ten Commandments in a courtroom. As head of the Christian Family Association, which he founded, Young became a spokesman for an embattled Moore when then-Gov. Fob James vowed to call out the Alabama National Guard to protect the plaque.

That fight made Moore a hero to the Christian right, propelling him — and Young — to bigger stages. Moore was elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court as Young continued supporting Moore, sometimes from a distance.

Young, 53, also got into politics eventually.

He unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor and a congressional seat in south Alabama, most recently last year. In a letter released by Young's congressional campaign in 2013, Moore wrote: "May God grant you favor and bless you as you seek to serve Him and the people of Alabama."

___

PHILLIP JAUREGUI

An attorney, Jauregui (pronounced juh RAY gey) also has been a campaign surrogate to fend off questions about Moore and teenage girls. Standing beside campaign chairman Bill Armistead, the 47-year-old Jauregui tried to discredit an accuser's story and praised Moore.

"I've probably been with him in probably over 100 meetings and been around probably in excess of 10,000 ladies in Judge Moore's presence. And not once, not one time, have I ever seen him act even remotely inappropriately against any woman," said Jauregui, 47.

Like Young, Jauregui's affiliation goes back to the '90s, when Jauregui worked as a deputy legal adviser for then-Gov. James. Jauregui later represented Moore as a private attorney and chaired his 2000 campaign for chief justice. Moore campaigned for Jauregui when Jauregui ran for Congress unsuccessfully in 2004.

Currently on leave from his suburban Birmingham law firm, Jauregui is president of Judicial Action Group, which advocates for a conservative federal judiciary.

___

BEN DuPRE

DuPre, Moore's former chief of staff at the Supreme Court, spoke along with Young outside the Capitol in Moore's defense. He's a staff attorney for Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker, a one-time Moore aide who won statewide office on Moore's coattails.

In a move that could land him on late-night TV, DuPre positioned himself between Moore and a comic plant from Jimmy Kimmel's television show during a church service where Moore spoke Wednesday night in south Alabama.

Video showed DuPre attempting to remove the comic, Tony Barbieri from the front of the church before a pastor threatened to have any other disruptors arrested. DuPre's LinkedIn profile says he worked nearly a decade at the nonprofit Foundation for Moral Law, which Moore founded.

___

RICH HOBSON

As chief justice, Moore tapped Hobson to lead the administrative agency that oversees Alabama's court system in 2000.

Moore was removed from office in 2003 for ignoring a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state's judicial building, and Hobson was fired by the other justices days later. He later went to work as executive director of the Foundation for Moral Law.

When about 20 religious leaders spoke on Moore's behalf at a recent event, one from rural Alabama mentioned being invited to the event by "Rich," a reference to Hobson.

Hobson also spoke for the campaign earlier this year after Moore was trolled online with rainbow flag emojis over his opposition to same-sex marriage, a stance that got Moore suspended from the Supreme Court a second time last year.

___

JOHN GILES

Years after leaving the public spotlight to concentrate on farming in south Alabama, Giles said he came out of "mothballs" this year to support his old friend Moore.

Giles worked for the late Republican Gov. Guy Hunt in 1989, and he met Moore soon after Hunt appointed Moore to a circuit judgeship. Giles now heads Proven Conservative PAC, which he said has spent $126,000 to support Moore. The group's first campaign commercial called the Democratic nominee Doug Jones a "pro-abortion extremist," highlighting an issue close to the hearts of Moore's conservative supporters.

Giles said he likes Moore so much partly because while most Alabama politicians portray themselves as Christian, Moore never just campaigned on his beliefs — he consistently applied them while in office.

"That's the reason these recent allegations are so off base," said Giles, 63. "His Christian virtues just don't line up with what is being said about him."

___

AP reporter Kim Chandler contributed to this report from Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Online Supreme Court News, AP Elections, General Senate Election News, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sounders return to MLS Cup after 3-0 rout of Dynamo
Victor Rodriguez scored on a nifty give-and-go with Will Bruin in the 22nd minute, Clint Dempsey added his third goal of the playoffs early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup final after a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo
2:01AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Protests grow as vote count in Honduras drags on
Protests are growing in Honduras as incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez has emerged with a growing lead for re-election
1:58AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Asian stocks mostly higher following tech recovery, oil deal
Asian stocks mostly higher following tech recovery, oil producers' deal
1:47AM ( 38 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Trump: 'Disgraceful verdict' in pier shooting
President Donald Trump says there was a "disgraceful verdict" after a Mexican man was found not guilty of murder in a high-profile killing that touched off a fierce immigration debate
10:48PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: GOP Sen. Johnson still withholding on tax bill
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says he is still withholding support for the Republicans' sweeping tax package because it doesn't cut taxes enough for business owners
10:44PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Tillerson here, working, Trump spokeswoman says
President Donald Trump's press secretary isn't denying reports that he is considering replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
9:53PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Trump to campaign near Alabama border days before election
President Donald Trump will appear at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, next week
7:30PM ( 6 hours ago )
Allegations of sexual misconduct roiling Congress
As allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful lawmakers roil Congress, House Democrats call on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign and Senate opens Franken investigation
7:06PM ( 7 hours ago )
GOP pressing plan to avert government shutdown on Dec. 8
House Republican leaders are looking to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown next week and keep the government's doors open through Dec. 22
6:51PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Team of staunch conservative allies defends Moore in Alabama
A small group of longtime Alabama allies is at the forefront defending Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore amid sexual misconduct claims
2:59PM ( 11 hours ago )
Moore seeks to steer Alabama Senate race to social issues
Senate candidate Roy Moore seeks to steer Alabama race to social issues including abortion
5:11AM ( 21 hours ago )
After accusations, Moore's Senate bid focuses on abortion
Republican Roy Moore of Alabama, his Senate bid stung by accusations of sexual misconduct, seeks to steer race against Democrat to abortion and other hot-button social issues
9:51PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Supreme Court News
Protests grow as vote count in Honduras drags on
Protests are growing in Honduras as incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez has emerged with a growing lead for re-election
11:07PM ( 3 hours ago )
Jury: Mexican man not guilty in San Francisco pier killing
Jurors have found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate
11:03PM ( 3 hours ago )
Venezuela arrests top oil officials in corruption probe
Venezuelan authorities say they've arrested two top former officials in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry
4:23PM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Elections
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: What North Korean photos say about new ballistic missile; NBC's Matt Lauer becomes biggest name toppled by misconduct allegations; AP source: Jared Kushner questioned by Mueller's team about Michael Flynn
7:04AM ( 19 hours ago )
Project Veritas head mocks Washington Post handling of hoax
Project Veritas founder mocks Washington Post exposure of Roy Moore sex assault hoax, says newspaper "seems to want a Nobel Prize for vetting a source correctly."
12:12AM ( 1 day ago )
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Among 10 Things to Know: Matt Lauer is fired at NBC, accused of crude misconduct; US, China hold quiet military talks amid NKorea tensions; US economy expanded at brisk pace in third quarter.
7:55PM ( 1 day ago )
General Senate Election News
Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiment; censured in US, abroad
With retweets, Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiments as he did in presidential campaign
11:57PM ( 1 day ago )
Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiment; censured here and abroad
With retweets, Trump stokes anti-Muslim sentiments as he did in presidential campaign
8:25PM ( 1 day ago )
Trump retweets videos purporting to show violence by Muslims
President Donald Trump is retweeting a series of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British politician
11:49AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Sounders return to MLS Cup after 3-0 rout of Dynamo
Victor Rodriguez scored on a nifty give-and-go with Will Bruin in the 22nd minute, Clint Dempsey added his third goal of the playoffs early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup final after a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo
2:01AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Protests grow as vote count in Honduras drags on
Protests are growing in Honduras as incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez has emerged with a growing lead for re-election
1:58AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Asian stocks mostly higher following tech recovery, oil deal
Asian stocks mostly higher following tech recovery, oil producers' deal
1:47AM ( 39 minutes ago )
AP Source: Leach meets with Tennessee AD about coaching job
A person with direct knowledge of the meeting says Washington State coach Mike Leach met with Tennessee athletic director John Currie to discuss the Volunteers' coaching vacancy
1:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
Accusers face risks in breaking nondisclosure agreements
Accusers in prominent sex-misconduct cases face risks by breaking nondisclosure agreements
1:14AM ( 1 hour ago )