Suspended Alabama judge running for Senate

Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday announced his plans to run for Senate.

“I’ll stand for the rights and liberties of the people,” Moore told reporters at the state Capitol, according to AL.com.

“We can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again.”

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Moore announced his candidacy to run for the seat held by Sen. Luther Strange (R), who was appointed to the position by former Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to replace Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE after he was tapped by President Trump to be attorney general.

The special election for Strange’s seat will be held Dec. 12, with the primaries held Aug. 15.

In December, Bentley reportedly interviewed Moore to assume the seat held by Sessions.

Moore, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, was suspended for the remainder of his term after the Alabama Court of the Judiciary found he violated judicial ethics.

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He was suspended after encouraging lower-court judges to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

It was the second time Moore was booted from the top court for violating orders.

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