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U.S. House of Representatives candidate Rich Hobson (left) speaks with Jack Cox at the Houston County Republican Women meeting Thursday.

Rich Hobson worked alongside former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for several years, and now he is using that experience in his own political campaign.

Hobson, a former director of Alabama’s judicial system under Moore and Moore’s campaign manager during the judge’s bid for the Senate last year, spoke at the monthly Houston County Republican Women meeting Thursday in Dothan.

Hobson said his work with Moore – who was once removed from office for disobeying a federal order regarding the display of the Ten Commandments and once suspended for failing to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed gay marriages – prepared him for the U.S. House of Representatives role he now seeks.

“Another thing you want is convictions to stand the pressures of Washington, D.C.,” he said. “I stood alongside (Moore) during those big battles of the past decades – the acknowledgement of God, the Ten Commandments. When he was being asked to bend and fold … I was being asked to bend and fold, and I did not. I stood right alongside him, and when he was removed, I was fired.

“The second thing came up, that was traditional marriage. I stood with him. I was asked to bend and fold, and I did not. When he was removed, I was fired.”

Hobson, who is originally from Enterprise, said the courage he possesses would allow him to vote against any funding for Planned Parenthood.

Hobson also noted he formed budgets as the state courts director and had to operate within them. That is another lesson he hopes to bring to Washington, D.C.

“(My job) was to live within that budget, just like you have to (in yours),” he said. “Washington, D.C., doesn’t know how to do that – it’s blank check up there. I’d like to do a little teaching up there.”

Hobson is campaigning for the seat that occupied by incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha Roby. Enterprise’s Barry Moore, Prattville’s Tommy Amason, and Dale County native Bobby Bright are also campaigning for the Republican bid in the race.

Houston County District 2 Commissioner Doug Sinquefield, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge candidate John John Steensland and Alabama Court of Civil Appeals (Place 1) candidate Christy Edwards also addressed the crowd at the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center. The 20th Judicial Circuit encompasses Houston and Henry counties.

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