Roy Moore has apparently dropped off the campaign trail and out of the public eye over the last few days, as the Tuesday special election that will decide his, and to an extent the Republican party’s, fate.
“He’s campaigning,” said Ben DuPre, a longtime Moore associate and spokesman for the campaign. “He’s campaigning hard.”
If Moore is doing that, he’s keeping it a secret.
In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public, continuing a pattern of absence that took hold after allegations of abuse, assault, harassment and misconduct with nine women surfaced against Moore in early November.
Moore has a rally scheduled Monday night in Dale County in the Wiregrass — a region key to his chances — with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. But the Republican candidate has held no public events since a rally in Fairhope on Tuesday, leaving appearances to staff and surrogates. Moore has made fewer than 10 public appearances in the past month.
The Moore campaign said Saturday morning the former Alabama chief justice had no events planned for that day, and it is not clear if he will make any appearances before the Midland City rally. The campaign did not respond to questions Saturday about Moore’s whereabouts or what he has been doing since Tuesday.
Staying quiet would be a smart move. He’s looking at a win, most likely. The only thing going around opening his mouth would do is put that at risk.
But just to be on the safe side, someone should probably check the malls. I’m just saying.