Roy Moore eyes run for governor

Published 11:59 pm Friday, January 23, 2009

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge, Roy Moore, is weighing another run for governor in 2010, when he won’t have to take on a popular incumbent.

Moore has been operating a legal organization, the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, since losing the Republican primary to incumbent Bob Riley in 2006. But in recent weeks, Moore said, a growing number of supporters have been calling and visiting him, encouraging him to run again.

Moore expects to make a decision in the spring, before candidates can start raising money in June.

One of Moore’s strongest allies in the past was former Gov. Fob James, whose son, Tim James, is already campaigning.

State Treasurer Kay Ivey has begun assembling a campaign team, but has not announced. Other Republicans said to be considering a run include: Attorney General Troy King, Birmingham lawyer Luther Strange, two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne, Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, state Rep. Robert Bentley, and state House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard.