State Rep. Barry Moore has filed to run against incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby, setting up a Republican primary in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.
Moore, an Enterprise Republican, is a close friend of former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence on 12 felony ethics violations.
According to the Alabama Political Reporter, Moore is best known for beating felony perjury charges in a case connected to Hubbard. As a lawmaker, though, his other claim to fame is an ability to obtain lucrative State contracts for his personal business interests.
Months before his election in 2010, Moore won a $27,000 contract with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), in the name of Hopper-Moore, Inc., DBA Barry Services.
Supposedly, Moore’s wife Heather is part Native-American, allowing Hooper-Moore to be classified as a “minority-owned business.”
Two payments to Hopper-Moore were made December 15, 2011, from Environmental Management – for $8,950 and $16,900. Three contracts in 2011 and 2012 were labeled for “solid waste.”
In 2013, the company received another contract with ADEM, for $11,262 for “sanitation services,” making a total of $64,612 since 2011. Before his election in House District 91, neither Moore nor his wife had ever done business with the state of Alabama.
According to Moore, he was an early support of Donald Trump.
“One of the many reasons I was so proud to be the first Alabama elected official to endorse Donald Trump was I saw the arrows he was taking from the liberal media,” Moore wrote on his Facebook page Friday. “I’m a firm believer that if they are shooting at you, you must be doing something right. The leftist media is already shooting at me in the hopes of preserving the status quo. I look forward to taking them on as we prepare to embark on the road to Make America Great Again!”
Moore says Roby is vulnerable because she condemned comments made in the infamous recording of Donald Trump, where he graphically bragged about grabbing women by their genitals.
Several Trump supporters believed the reaction by the 40-year-old mother of two was a betrayal.
Roby serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, in charge of a wide range of government spending. She also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee.
Yellowhammer News ranks Moore as the most conservative member of the Alabama State House. Nevertheless, it is unusual for a sitting Representative to face a primary challenge.