Alabama
11:29 am
Wed July 7, 2004

Moore Appearances Could Hurt GOP Standing

Montgomery, AL – Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been appearing with a third-party candidate for president. And officials say that's a move that could endanger Moore's standing with the state Republican party. Moore has made a series of national speeches with Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Peroutka. Moore turned down an invitation to run for president under the Constitution Party banner this year. But he's apparently made at least six joint appearances with Peroutka since this spring. Peroutka's a Maryland attorney running on a platform that includes outlawing abortion, abolishing the I-R-S and making America a Bible-based republic. Alabama Republican Party chairman Marty Connors said he had been unaware of Moore's appearances. But he says Moore's right to run as a Republican in state elections could be jeopardized if he endorses a candidate outside the G-O-P.