ENTERPRISE — Friday night, U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) kicked off his 2022 reelection campaign, complete with a World War II-era M36 tank destroyer that fought in the Battle of the Bulge and a flyover from the Space Station.
Throughout the night, the recurring and ambitious message from Moore, who staged the event, attended by a couple of hundred people, at his family farm in Coffee County just to the southwest of Enterprise: Make the federal government small enough to make corruption not worth it.
Campaign officials told Yellowhammer News the event raised nearly $200,000 for the Moore team’s reelection effort.
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“It’s encouraging when you see you’ve been on the job for eight months when you’re kind of a new hire,” Moore said to Yellowhammer News. “The honeymoon is not over. People kind of appreciate what we’re doing. I think that it resonates well.”
“It’s rewarding when you have this kind of turnout,” he added. “The fundraising arm of this process has been remarkable.”
Moore won the seat in the 2020 election cycle in a surprising fashion. After eking out a six-tenths of a percentage point finish over then-AL-2 GOP hopeful Jessica Taylor to earn a spot in a Republican runoff, Moore pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent Alabama political history by defeating a well-financed Jeff Coleman by 20 points to win the GOP nod.
He defeated Democrat nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall by 30 points on the November 2020 general election ballot.
Moore said he did not anticipate this contest to be as contentious as the previous election cycle.
“Not this late in the game,” Moore replied. “There may be somebody get in the race, but at this point, I think we’ve done a good job. Our staff has done a good job serving the district. I think it makes sense for us to keep doing what we’re doing, and if somebody shows up, that’s OK. But we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.