Gov. Robert Bentley’s office confirmed Wednesday governor has interviewed five candidates this week to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, including none other than suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Last month president-elect Donald Trump appointed Sessions U.S. Attorney General. Alabama’s junior senator is expected to step down once confirmed.
By law, the governor is been tasked with appointing a replacement to the Senate seat.
According to the governor’s spokeswoman Yasamie August, Moore — who was suspended from the bench for the remainder of his term for encouraging probate judges to defy federal order and refuse marriage licenses to gay couples back in Sept. — was “one of the top picks” made by the 400-plus members of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee last month.
In addition to Moore, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, state Sen. Cam Ward, state Sen. Arthur Orr, and state Sen. pro tem Del Marsh were also interviewed for the position.