Roy Moore campaign: Supporters carry guns, call Doug Jones ‘wimpy’; Jones fires back (Real-Time News from AL.com)

Roy Moore campaign: Supporters carry guns, call Doug Jones ‘wimpy’; Jones fires back

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Republican Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore’s campaign accused Democratic opponent Doug Jones of being “wimpy” Thursday when asked about concerns over laxed security at campaign rallies inside churches.

The Jones campaign spokesman said that Moore “and his handlers” should come out from “behind their computers” and discuss and debate issues instead of name calling.

The latest back-and-forth between the two political opponents comes 12 days before the Dec. 12 general election, and concluded a bizarre day of campaigning highlighted by a Twitter dispute between Moore and late-night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel.

The Moore campaign criticized Kimmel on Twitter and Facebook one day after comedian and writer Tony Barbieri – portraying his fictional Jake Byrd character on Jimmy Kimmel Live! – crashed Moore’s campaign appearance Wednesday at Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore.

Barbieri, wearing a pro-Moore T-shirt that had “Gimme Moore” splashed on it, was seated in the second row inside the church. About 11 minutes into Moore’s speech, Barbieri stood up and briefly walked unattended toward the church’s altar where Moore spoke. He told the former judge, “you got this” before shouting, “that’s a man’s man.”

Security did not remove Barbieri until later and only after the comedian disrupted Moore’s speech by shouting that he was Moore’s “No. 1 fan.”

The entire spectacle was a ruse and no one inside the church knew about the man’s connection with a national TV show. It also called into question whether security was tight enough during a campaign that has received national and international media attention. Moore’s campaign was not in charge security inside the church, though uniformed police were present.

A Moore campaign spokesman said there are no concerns about security at future events, though it’s unclear how it will be handled during a Dec. 5 campaign rally at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said there will be off-duty deputies in attendance, who will be paid by the campaign to “assist in perimeter security.” He also said that Fairhope police may have a presence as well.

But the overall security, Mack said, will be coordinated by the Moore campaign.

Brett Doster, a Moore spokesman, said the campaign isn’t directly in charge of the security next week when former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to join the ex-judge. “I don’t think that is going to be our event,” Dorster said via email, declining to elaborate.

“Right now, we don’t have serious concerns about security,” said Doster. “Our fans at these events are strongly protective of the judge, and most of them carry. And unlike wimpy Doug Jones, Roy Moore can handle himself.”

In response, Sebastian Kitchen, a spokesman with the Jones campaign, said Moore is in hiding.

“Doug prosecuted domestic terrorists and sent them to prison for life while Roy Moore hides from debating Doug, hides from the press, hides from the issues, hides from his accusers and even hides from our campaign on social media,” Kitchen said. “Instead of childish name calling, Roy Moore and his handlers should come out from behind their computers and talk about the issues that affect Alabama families every day.”

When asked about security at Jones events, Kitchen said: “We are mindful of security, but will not get into specifics about precautions taken by the campaign.”

Heightened security was a common sight during pre-primary campaign events following the June 14 shooting at congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C.

In the weeks following the shooting, campaign forums were beefed up with uniformed police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs. Security during those events were handled primarily by county party organizations who were charged with organizing forums and various meet-and-greets with the candidates.

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November 30, 2017 at 06:51PM