Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Ben Carson made an eleventh hour, climatic break from President Donald Trump on Friday when he praised Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the state’s contentious runoff, rather than backing the other candidate along with the president.
Carson announced his support for the former Alabama Chief Justice over the temporary Sen. Luther Strange in a statement.
“Judge Moore is a fine man of proven character and integrity, who I have come to respect over the years,” Carson said in the statement released by the Moore campaign. “I was delighted to hear he is running for the U.S. Senate. He is truly someone who reflects the Judeo-Christian values that were so important to the establishment of our country.”
Moore faces Strange on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the GOP run-off where voters will decide who advances to the Dec. 12 general election to face Democrat Doug Jones.