Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) has announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for United States Senate in Alabama in a statement released by the Moore campaign.
“Roy Moore has more political spine than anyone I know,” Massie said. “He has twice chosen to lose his job than compromise his principles. He is a man willing to stand up to the out of control courts and help us return to the limited government outlined in our Constitution.”
“I give him my full support and look forward to having him as a stalwart colleague in the Senate,” Massie continued.
In the same statement, Moore responded by saying he was “honored” to have Massie’s support. He described Massie as a “fighter for limited government” and praised him for being “one of the few men willing to stand up to the failed leadership of John Boehner.” Like Massie, Moore said that if elected, he would “not go to the Senate to be a yes man for the establishment.”
Massie’s endorsement is notable, given that he is the first prominent figure within the libertarian-leaning wing of the party to back Moore. While Moore’s core support comes from Evangelical voters, he has sought to build a coalition of anti-establishment right, including fiscal conservatives and nationalists, in order to beat Luther Strange, a Mitch McConnell-backed establishment crony, in the September 26 primary runoff. The Massie endorsement follows that of several other prominent Republican figures, including Steve Bannon, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan. Given Alabama’s status as a safe Republican state, it is almost certain that the Republican nominee will go on to win the general election in November, although the Democrats have vowed to contest it should Moore be the nominee.