Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore this afternoon announced his intention of running for governor in the Republican primary.
He has taken on the Alabama Legislature by suggesting they meet only every other year, have term limits, and stop what is called double-dipping, receiving pay for both legislative duties and duties as a state employee in another position.
Quoting from Benjamin Franklin, Moore went on to say he would like to "promote a few (legislators) back to their home."
The former chief justice told the audience in Gadsden he "feels safer when the legislature is not in session."
Moore also says he want's to stop the influence of lobbyists in state government. He told the cheering crowd that lobbyists basically write legislation in Alabama and he wants to "Return Alabama to the People."
Moore is also taking on Alabama's education system. He said money was going "not into education, but to a bloated bureaucracy." Moore opined about teachers' lack of ability to enforce discipline and order in the schools.
The candidate says he wants to crack down on illegal immigration and part of that plan includes getting businesses that knowingly hire illegals to work for them. Moore says the illegal hiring hurts Alabama workers.
The former chief justice says he has no plans to move the 10 Commandments Monument from its present home in Gadsden. He said he was going to support citizens of Alabama in acknowledging God, whether they be coaches or office holders.
Moore says he would like to return education to the control of the parents.
Moore has signed the following pledge which he says binds him if he takes the oath of office as governor:
To The People
1. Legislative reform - Stop power of special interest lobbyists and return control of government to the people of Alabama.
2. Education - Recognize freedom in education and return control of education to the parents.
3. Taxation and wasteful government spending - Restore a conservative philosophy of government.
4. Illegal aliens - Secure Alabama citizenship.
5. Morality - Preserve our moral heritage.
Commitment to the People of Alabama
I hereby pledge to uphold and support the principles set forth
in the above platform, Return Alabama,
when elected to the office of Governor.
So help me God!