Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is throwing his full support behind former Alabama state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in the state’s special senatorial election.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have put their full endorsement behind incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who filled the vacancy left behind after Attorney General Jeff Sessions forfeited his seat to serve in the Trump administration. Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange as Sessions’ temporary replacement. (RELATED: Pence Backs Strange In Alabama Special Election)
Bannon announced his support for Moore at a closed-door meeting in Washington, and made it clear he is looking to rally the conservative base behind Moore’s candidacy, Politico reports. Bannon claims it is an act of opposition aimed at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, not the president or the administration. McConnell and Republican donors have thrown millions behind Strange in the election.