Several months ago, IPR speculated that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was considering a Constitution Party run for President. This week, however, Moore appears to be moving in a different direction:
Judge Roy Moore said Tuesday he’s seriously considering running again for chief justice eight years after being kicked out of the job for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument.
Moore, 64, told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that lots of people have encouraged him to enter the Republican primary and he expects to decide by Jan. 1.
Later in the article, Moore discusses his flirtation with a GOP presidential candidacy, but does not mention anything about the Constitution Party:
In the spring, he formed an exploratory committee to consider a Republican run for president, but dropped it. Moore said he drew good crowds during speaking engagements in Iowa, the first caucus state, and South Carolina, an early primary state, but couldn’t generate the money needed to seriously consider a campaign.
Moore said he was hesitant when people first approached him about running for his old job, but he changed his mind after thinking back to some of the significant cases the court handled during his time.
This would seem to leave former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, a joint member of the Republican and Constitution Parties, as the most prominent former elected official rumored to have an interest in the CP presidential nod for 2012. Other candidates will undoubtedly emerge from within the CP’s ranks.