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Just 15 Days Before the Election, Retired Marine Colonel Announces He’s Running Against Roy Moore

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Lee Busby, a Marine Corps veteran, announced his long-shot candidacy against Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore. After being told it was too late for a write-in candidate to be successful, Busby stated, “Hold my beer, we will just see about that,” asserting that voters need another choice aside from Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Busby, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spoke with The Daily Beast about his late entry into the race, saying, “I have no idea if the allegations against [Moore] are true or not, but I don’t see anything within his experience as a judge that qualifies him for the job.”

He added, “Alabama is not happy with the two choices we have down here. They are not appealing.”

Busby stated he was in the Marines for 31 years and that, during his last tour of duty, he served as vice chief of staff under then-Gen. John Kelly, who is now the White House chief of staff.

Since his retirement from the US Marine Corps. In 2013, Busby has operated his own business in the position of CEO, and spent time as a defense consultant and investment banker.

Busby also spends his time honoring fallen Marines by creating sculptures. He was working on one such project in his garage before he announced his run for Senate.

“In the military, we say a warrior dies twice. The first time is when he draws his last breath and the second time is when someone speaks his name for the last time,” said Busby during an interview about his sculptures.

He began his side project by looking up information on Alabamians who’d been killed while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, and contacted family members of a fallen servicemember to obtain permission to create a sculpture honoring their son.  Busby met with the father of Marine Captain Johnny “Mike” Spann, who was killed while working with the CIA overseas, to make sure he got an accurate representation of Spann.

“I’m no Michelangelo,” said Busby, “but I know the world that these people operate in and I know what they went through. And I do have some ability to sculpt, so that’s what I want to do.”