Madison County Sheriff not endorsing Roy Moore

Madison County Sheriff not endorsing Roy Moore
Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning (Source: WAFF)
Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning (Source: WAFF)

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning is refuting claims that he endorsed Roy Moore.

Even though he's seen on video, just six days ago, shaking Moore's hand at a campaign event with several other law enforcement leaders.

Dorning tells us that he was in Montgomery for a meeting for the Alabama Sheriff's Association Legislative Committee.

In a statement, Dorning says he received a call from Moore's campaign asking if he would attend a press conference where the meeting was held. Before Moore's arrival, Dorning says several sheriffs had to leave but, he felt obligated to stay.

His statement goes on to say in part:

On Wednesday November 8,2017 Captain Michael Salomonsky and myself traveled to Montgomery to a called meeting of the Alabama Sheriffs' Association Legislative Committee, I am the appointed Chairman of this committee. On Tuesday November 7th a Mr. Rich Hobson( I believe) with Mr. Roy Moore campaign called my office and ask If I would attend a press conference at the meeting site that Mr. Moore had requested to speak with the Sheriffs in attendance. I told Mr. Hobson that I would definitely be in attendance at the meeting. There were 26 Alabama Sheriffs that attended the meeting. At a point during the meeting we were notified that Mr. Moore would arrive our location at 2:30 pm. Mr. Moore's arrival time was past 2:30 pm and many of the Sheriffs had left. I felt obligated to stay because I had given my word that I would be there. Prior to Mr. Moore's arrival several local news crews from the area were at the Location which is the Montgomery County Sheriff Office Training Center. Sheriff Ray Norris of Clarke County Alabama ask the few remaining Sheriffs If we would stand behind the speaker location, that we would not be required to say anything that he would like us to stand behind him as he introduced Mr. Moore. Sheriff Norris introduced Mr. Moore as a friend of his and pledged his support for Mr. Moore.

Two other sheriffs have also denied endorsing Moore.

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