Down in ‘Bama

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Judge Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court judge who defied federal court orders to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Courthouse (so he was removed himself), is now running for Alabama governor.

Garnering less attention in the election to fill his spot in the Alabama Supreme Court.  Here’s the Republican candidate:

Tom Parker, Republican candidate for the Supreme Court of Alabama, isn’t shy about touting his conservative credentials. He despises "liberal judges" who are "trying to take God out of public life." He is an "ardent opponent" of gay marriage, and "a national leader in the fight against Political Correctness." He underlines his close ties to Christian Right leaders like Phyllis Schlafly and James Dobson.

Most importantly, of course, Parker is running as the protégé of Roy Moore, the Alabama chief justice ejected from his job after defying a federal court order to remove his two-ton Ten Commandments monument from the Supreme Court rotunda.

But Tom Parker has some other friends, too. It’s just that he doesn’t spend much time bragging publicly about this batch of colleagues and supporters:

Honor_confed_200x200Tom Parker (center) poses with Leonard Wilson (left), a board member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, and Mike Whorton (right), Alabama state leader of the neo-secessionist League of the South.