With only two weeks to go until the special election for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Lee Busby, a 60-year-old retired Marine colonel who previously served as a top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, is launching a write-in campaign as a conservative option for many conflicted voters.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the Tuscaloosa native said that he sees an opportunity to win a good chunk of the votes on Dec. 12 and prevent both Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones from representing the state.
"I think you can flip this thing. If this were a military operation, the left flank and the right flank are heavily guarded," Busby told the Post. "I think that gives you an opportunity to run straight up the middle."
Of course, Busby is a long shot and will likely not win. But for conservative Republicans who are disgusted with Moore and the sexual misconduct allegations against him, writing in Busby is a good alternative. He's running on his record as an investment banker, military leader, defense contractor, and entrepreneur. Having served as an officer in Iraq — Baghdad, Ramadi, and Fallujah — Busby wants a strong military, something that Moore is campaigning on in a newly released ad. He also supports the Republican effort to lower taxes, which is another Moore talking point in his recent ad.
Most importantly, however, Busby is anti-abortion, which is great for conservatives whose main hang-up with Jones was his liberal stance on the practice.
Obviously, elections have consequences and, if Busby gains traction, there's a good chance that he splits the Republican vote leading to a Democrat victory. But Moore is proving to not be worth his salt with how he's handled the allegations of sexual misconduct and his accusers' stories. Sometimes it's not about winning, but doing the honorable and noble thing. Alabama Republicans seemed to have forgotten that.