According to the poll (from JMC Analytics and Polling), which tested head-to-head match-ups with five Republicans seeking the nomination for Jones’ seat:
• Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville leads Jones 47% to 40%, with 13% undecided
• Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions leads Jones 46% to 41%, with 13% undecided
• U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne leads Jones 44% to 40%, with 16% undecided
In what appeared to be pandering to conservative voters in his state, Jones recently said on ABC’s “This Week” that the allegations that Donald Trump exploited Ukraine for his political benefit are “serious” and “impeachable,” but added that there are “gaps” in the House’s case and that he is willing to acquit Trump in a Senate trial if “those dots aren’t connected.”
"(President Trump) ordered his top people who were in the room, who have first hand knowledge, not to testify. He ordered documents not to be turned over," Sen. Doug Jones says in response to Sen. Ron Johnson's claim that charges against Trump are "thin." https://t.co/1HAWEUtQuBpic.twitter.com/alfXVUC4Ff
Republican Roy Moore (L) and Democrat Doug Jones (R)
Well, this is just delicious!
Last month, on the eve of the Alabama election to replace the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore watched his wife tell a crowd that rumors of the Moores being anti-Semitic were untrue because “One of our attorneys is a Jew!”
That lawyer, Richard Jaffe, was hired to defend the Moore’s son against drug charges in 2016.
It turns out Jaffe is a longtime friend and supporter of the Democrat in that race, Doug Jones.
Jaffe told the Washington Examiner he has been close personal friends with Doug Jones for more than 30 years and he both contributed to, and raised money for, his campaign.
“There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me!” Jaffe said.
The Birmingham-based lawyer walked alongside Jones as he took center stage to deliver his acceptance speech and plans to be in the Senate gallery on Wednesday as Jones is sworn in.
Remember when Roy Moore's wife insisted that she and her husband couldn't be anti-semitic because one of their attorneys was a Jew? Anyway, turns out that this attorney, Richard Jaffe, actually voted for Doug Jones. Also raised money for his campaign. Which is just so…perfect. pic.twitter.com/i1jJQX4ObH— Michael Arnovitz (@MichaelArnovitz) January 2, 2018
• Out actor and Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver has joined the cast of the upcoming all-star Broadway production of the groundbreaking gay play, The Boys in the Band, as “Cowboy.” The production is slated to run April 30-August 12 at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
• I was just down in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating my hubby’s birthday and ran into underwear designer Andrew Christian. So in his honor, let’s celebrate a bit of the holiday season with his hottie models. Watch below.
It’s a study in contrasts when looking at today’s campaign ads coming out of the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate.
First up, Roy Moore’s rather tabloid-esque response to “false allegations” in a “scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment” meant to derail his run for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat in the U.S. Senate.
Meanwhile, Democrat Doug Jones’ new ad highlights Moore’s views that preschool is “detrimental to children and our country,” which he expressed in a 2007 op-ed for far-right wing site WorldNetDaily.
The essay was apparently in response to Hillary Clinton’s calls for universal pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds.
Compare for yourself – who would you vote for?
Moore, who was twice kicked out of office for disobeying the law and accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct?
Or the other guy, Jones, who successfully prosecuted murderers and the KKK, and stands up for education for your children?
How can we look our neighbors, our parishioners, our colleagues, our partners, or our children in the eyes and tell them they are worth less than ensuring one political party keeps a Senate seat? How can we expect young Alabamians to have faith in their government or their church, when its leaders equivocate on matters as clear cut as sexual abuse?
A vote for Roy Moore sends the worst kind of message to Alabamians struggling with abuse: “if you ever do tell your story, Alabama won’t believe you.”
Or, worse, we’ll believe you but we just won’t care.
To be clear: it’s not only his record on women and children that disqualifies Moore. If we vote for Roy Moore, Alabama will also show that we don’t care about you if you’re gay or Muslim or Catholic. If you’re an atheist or an immigrant. We’ll show each other that we only care about Roy Moore’s definition of Alabama. And that there’s not room for the rest of us.
What is disqualifying is the conduct of Roy Moore against women and children. It was disqualifying for his party leaders. It was disqualifying for Alabama’s senior senator. And it should be disqualifying for his state party.
By the various misdeeds, miscalculations and mistakes of its voters and leaders, Alabama has left itself with few options. Alabamians must show themselves to be people of principle, reject Roy Moore and all that he stands for.
There is only one candidate left in this race who has proven worthy of the task of representing Alabama. He is Doug Jones.
For a deep red state like Alabama, this is pretty stunning stuff. I highly recommend you read the entire editorial.