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Retired Marine Launches Write-In Campaign for Alabama Senate Seat

With just 15 days left until Alabama's special election, 60-year-old retired Marine Colonel Lee Busby is launching a write-in campaign to be the state's next senator.

The election has been marred by controversy since a Washington Post investigation revealed allegations that the Republican nominee, Roy Moore, had a history of preying on underaged girls. Moore has denied the allegations, but Senate Republicans including Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and Cory Gardner (Colorado) quickly called for Moore to drop out of the race. While the White House has not endorsed Moore, it has not explicitly come out against him (President Donald Trump has thus far only voiced his distaste for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones). On Sunday, Trump tweeted, "The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!"

Busby, who had a 31-year career in the Marine Corps and once served as vice chief of staff to General John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, believes neither Moore nor Jones are qualified for Alabama's senate seat. "Alabama is not happy with the two choices we have down here," the independent candidate told the Daily Beast.