The man who ran Roy Moore’s failed campaign for the US Senate is running for Congress in Alabama.
Rich Hobson announced on Wednesday that he is running as a Republican for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by Rep. Martha Roby.
In addition to being Moore’s campaign manager, Hobson twice served as Alabama’s administrative director of courts while Moore was chief justice. He also served as director of Moore’s Foundation of Moral Law.
Hobson says the ‘liberal elite’ pulled off a ‘political assassination’ of Moore in November’s Senate election. Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones amid accusations that Moore committed sexual misconduct with teens decades ago. Moore has denied the allegations.
Hobson says his priorities include repealing President Barack Obama’s health overhaul law and building a border wall with Mexico.
Moore, an alleged child molester, recently tried to block the Alabama state vote.
The failed Republican candidate asked a judge to issue a restraining order to stop the state’s canvassing board from certifying Democrat Doug Jones.
But the last-ditch effort was basically laughed at. Secretary of State John Merrill said that Moore’s action ‘is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones … will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January’.
And Jones’ spokesman added: ‘The election is over. It’s time to move on.’
Jones, an attorney, used his own history prosecuting KKK members to mobilize support in the black community.
The 63-year-old grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham. His father was a steelworker and so was one of his grandfathers.
Now an attorney in private practice, Jones lives just a few miles from his hometown in the hilly suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama’s richest locale with an average family income estimated by the US Census Bureau at $225,000 annually.
Jones got his start in government as an aide to the last Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, the late Howell Heflin.
After graduating from Samford University’s law school in 1979, Jones worked as staff counsel to the Judiciary Committee for Heflin, and Jones still considers Heflin a role model.