Roy Moore, the former and twice-booted chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is searching his ego once again about a run for public (office).

With decision-time nearing for who officially will challenge Democrat Doug Jones for a the U.S. Senate seat he holds, Moore is expected to make an announcement on his intent Thursday.

Considering that Jones beat Moore by 22,000 votes and overcame long political odds to win in an overwhelmingly Republican state, Moore is likely feeling a little bruised for all the ridicule he suffered in opening the gate for a Democrat to step in.

The last campaign saw numerous accusations hurled at Moore by women who said he was sexually aggressive toward them when they were teenagers and he was a grown man. Moore has denied all of the allegations and believes the election was stolen from him.

But even with stories from Moore's long ago past, true or false, the reason he did not win by a landslide had much more to do with his conduct as chief justice.

In 2001 Moore was elected to the position of chief justice, but he was removed from the position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court's order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments that he had placed in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building.

Moore later sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2006 and 2010, but lost in the primaries. He was again elected chief justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016 for defying a U.S. Supreme Court decision about same-sex marriage.

Whether anyone agrees or not with Moore's religious or political views, he clearly failed to grasp and uphold the duties of the chief justice. As the (top) jurist in the state, Moore was obligated not to put personal beliefs or make demonstrations that exude bias or intimidation to those who rely on the integrity — the fairness — of that office.

The attention that Moore has brought to Alabama has consistently been negative, sometimes embarrassing. The best path for Moore to ride is the one that keeps him out of politics.

— The Cullman Times has been a voice for the people of Cullman County since 1901. Their editorial department can be reached at editorial@cullmantimes.com.

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