The controversial representative lost his District 22 seat in the primary Tuesday to Woodstock pastor Wes Cantrell and Cherokee teacher Meagan Biello, who are headed to a runoff July 22.
“This is supposed to be the communication that I use to gracefully thank my supporters and pat everyone on the back for a job well done,” Moore’s statement to friends and proponents began. “But being Sam Moore, I’ll thank my political opponents instead.”
Moore went on to name a long list of people and organizations he felt “actively worked against us” to get the “low man on the totem pole” out of the politics because he fought for liberty and didn’t go along with “corruption.”
“You unfairly kicked my a-- in public,” Moore wrote, apparently addressing his colleagues in the House. “The result? Thousands seeing you for who you are. Once the dust settles, you’ll have thousands more with eyes open to your corruption. And they will fight it, too.”
Moore took office in February after beating Biello in a runoff to replace the late Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton).
Moore found trouble in his second week, when many of his fellow lawmakers lambasted him publicly for a bill they said would be a huge danger to children, because it would have allowed sex offenders at schools, as an unintended consequence. Moore maintained the bill was misunderstood and lied about in a plot against him. But he said, at first, he didn’t see the danger in sex offenders who had served their time simply going to a school.
Moore also pushed other bills that resulted in criticism, and he made waves in the House by routinely voting against almost every other member.
In the statement, Moore said those involved with the alleged coup against him included all of the House leadership, half of the Cherokee delegation, right to life groups, local tea parties, the local newspaper, the chairman of the Georgia GOP, the local sheriff, two local school board members, and even Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, AT&T, Rubbermaid and The Home Depot. The list goes on, and Moore notes these are the alleged co-conspirators “that I know of so far.”
“Rhetorical question: has anyone seen such effort from a group of conservatives/Republicans against a state House Democrat?” Moore went on to ask in the statement.
While Moore has pointed to conspiracy, critics, such as House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), have said they were against the freshman lawmaker’s actions and not involved in an elaborate plot set into motion before he took office. Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs), who also spoke out against Moore, has said he did it because, “I have a track record of being intellectually consistent and calling out wrong when it is wrong.”
Because of the alleged “professionally-organized political ambush,” Moore wrote he lost friends and had to endure the national media attention that followed the controversy over the bill referencing sex offenders.
“Imagine thousands of hate-filled emails directed at you from all over the country,” he wrote. “Imagine door-after-door being slammed in your face by disgusted constituents, angry letters, angry phone calls. Month after month. Not fun.”
But, still, Moore wrote he feels proud he only narrowly lost the election, after all the controversy. Moore came in third in the race Tuesday behind Biello. He trailed her by 128 votes.
“I feel 10 feet tall now,” the statement said. “I never thought I’d run for public office in my life, but I have now done so and have done so with my head held high the entire time. I left a solid example for others to follow in my wake. I never wavered, I never compromised my principles, and I never backed down. I did what I set out to do, what I said I would do.”
Sam Moore's entire statement: This is supposed to be the communication that I use to gracefully thank my supporters and pat everyone on the back for a job well done. But being Sam Moore, I’ll thank my political opponents instead.
As one of 180 State House Reps, I was just a freshman who joined halfway through Session. The low man on the totem pole. You should have ignored me, as you typically do with the similar pups with the guts to eat from the bowl instead of begging for scraps.
If you would have just ignored me, hundreds of people would still be asleep. They would have no idea how the political world actually works. They would continue to be part of the sleeping majority who allows your corruption to thrive, decade after decade.
My lone vote? Worthless. You control all aspects of the State House and would continue to block all my legislation. You would have branded me as ‘ineffective’ and replaced me in 2 years anyway. I would have gone out with a whimper — the only thing that scared me. Instead, I needed you to reveal your true selves before such a thing happened.
And you did! For that, I thank you. You unfairly kicked my a-- in public. The result? Thousands seeing you for who you are. Once the dust settles, you’ll have thousands more with eyes open to your corruption.
And they will fight it, too.
I know this from personal experience. My decision to run was greatly encouraged by the reports of your successful dirty deeds by another Representative. His reports woke me up. They inspired me to act. And now that your attack was successful, others will wake up.
And they will be inspired to act.
However, none of this would have been possible without those who supported me. So I now want to change gears to thank everyone who supported me. A little perspective should show just how far we’ve come in just a few months:
That I know of so far...the entire GA State House Leadership, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Coca Cola, Delta, Georgia Power, AT&T, Rubbermaid, Home Depot, SunTrust bank, half of the Cherokee County Delegation, the largest church in the area, State and County Right to Life groups, the largest private school in the area, the two local TEA parties, the Chairman of the GA GOP, the local paper, the local Sheriff, the local Superintendent, two local school board members, and one of the largest local radio station personalities all actively worked against us. Some of this support was even illegal, on both State and Federal levels. Finally, we were out-funded by an estimated 15:1 (possibly more).
Rhetorical question: has anyone seen such effort from a group of Conservatives/Republicans against a State House Democrat?
Supporters — we should be honored to generate such a powerful list of opponents in such a short while! The sheer effort and stupid money thrown against us is quite impressive. If you weren’t so effective with your donations, support, volunteer work, and outreach, then they wouldn’t have had to try so hard.
So what crime did we commit to deserve this much opposition? The crime of wanting to preserve freedom and liberty? The crime of wanting to curtail cronyism? The crime of wanting to reduce government overreach? The crime of wanting to cut spending and taxes? The crime of wanting to keep the Federal Government in check? The crime of wanting transparency in government? The crime of wanting to get government off our backs?
Guilty on all counts!
The kicker? Even with all this effort against us, we still almost made it into the runoff (I lost by just over 100 votes)! This was only due to your hard work, financial donations, volunteer time, votes, and support. Again, thank you.
Many of you have asked how I am doing personally.
I am doing great!
Why? Well, how many people have something so unanticipated as the last Special Election land in their lap ... realize what a tough road it would be to take ... and decide to take it anyway. I feel 10 feet tall now. I never thought I’d run for public office in my life, but I have now done so and have done so with my head held high the entire time. I left a solid example for others to follow in my wake. I never wavered, I never compromised my principles, and I never backed down. I did what I set out to do, what I said I would do.
My brother often says, “you don’t know who you are until you’ve been in a fight.” This is the second reason that I feel great.
Imagine a national media event about you, based on something you didn’t do. A professionally-organized political ambush. Imagine finding out that the whole thing was set up by your own colleagues. Imagine having those in your own local Delegation idly sit by to watch it happen. Worse yet, imagine knowing some had an active hand in it and also tried to recruit your opposition before you were even down there for two weeks. Imagine other colleagues reaching out to give intentionally bad advice designed to cause you further harm. Imagine thousands of hate-filled emails directed at you from all over the country. Imagine losing long-time family friends who bought into the lies. Imagine being blamed for the lies by people who worked on your own campaign, ending those friendships possibly forever. Imagine door-after-door being slammed in your face by disgusted constituents, angry letters, angry phone calls. Month after month. Not fun.
Now imagine discovering that you have the strength to keep going. Realizing that you are able to put the job before ego, before emotion, to even work with those who intentionally wronged you. Imagine refusing to give up, to give in, or to give out. Imagine realizing that you could actually pull it off, then actually pulling it off. Like i said, 10 feet tall.
Thanks to all of these things, I have a greater appreciation for my family. I have a greater understanding of how important good friends are. I know how important solid supporters are. I know the inspiration given by strangers who come out of the woodwork in your defense. I know the inspiration of having former political opponents coming out to support you in your defense.
The worst of the bad people in the world bring out the best of the good people in the world. I’ve seen this firsthand.
To those who supported us in any way, “Thank You”. Those two, over-used words seem so trite in comparison to how I actually feel. You made it possible.
As tough as this whole thing has been, I’d do it again in a heartbeat — even knowing the same exact thing would happen. Should you have the opportunity to do something like this, I have the following advice for you: