Political shots fired in Republican congressional race

Jeff Coleman (L) will face Barry Moore in the July 14, 2020 Republican congressional runoff.
Jeff Coleman (L) will face Barry Moore in the July 14, 2020 Republican congressional runoff.(WSFA)
Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 8:37 AM CDT
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Undated (WTVY) -The race for Congress is no longer simmering. Instead, it has reached the boiling point as the political clock ticks toward a runoff next month.

An apparent tip to reporters uncovered Barry Moore's failure to vote in the 2016 Republican primary. Moore claims he is the first elected official in the nation to support Trump, who appeared on that ballot.

“I honestly thought I had voted that day because I am a regular voter,” Moore reacted on his Facebook page. He also said his wife believes he voted, though records reflect otherwise, according to Yellowhammer News.

Moore apologized, and acknowledged he should have cast an absentee ballot, assuming he failed to vote. He also points to the legislative session. Moore said he often, including on primary day, traveled to and from Montgomery when he was a state lawmaker

So, how did whether Barry Moore voted or not become an issue? Moore blames his opponent, Jeff Coleman.

“The other team is digging awfully hard to try and find fault in me. Mighty hard indeed.”

Neither Coleman's camp has admitted it tipped off reporters, nor has Moore provided proof that his political rival is responsible.

No matter how this happened, a race that went dark months ago because of the pandemic is back in the spotlight.

Last week, Coleman's campaign criticized Moore for accepting donations from a political action committee that opposed Trump.

Moore, this week, claimed that Coleman refuses to debate publicly him. “He is MIA. (Coleman) has recently canceled on two events where we were to be at the same time,” Moore posted on Facebook.

The delayed runoff will be July 14.

Incumbent Representative Martha Roby is not seeking re-election.

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