“Either I’ve got to be the worst son of a gun there ever was or there’s something wrong.”

Roy Moore said that. Not today, not last week, not even this year.

Chastised and defeated, former Etowah (Alabama) County Deputy District Attorney Roy Moore said those glum and prophetic words in 1982.

This story was originally published Dec. 5, 1982, in The Anniston Star.

Defeated, but not forgotten by his critics

Former Etowah County deputy district attorney and unsuccessful Circuit Court candidate Roy Moore is jobless and under fire from the Etowah judicial system he criticized sharply in his campaign.

It is a tale of woe, but not regret. Moore is sorry, but he’s not apologizing. Not for a damn thing.

They tell stories of loyalty and hatred, guilt and innocence, victory and disappointment …

They offer proof that a lot of people don’t like Roy Moore, a 35-year-old Vietnam veteran and West Point graduate. But they also show that a lot do.

Those who support him now don’t like to be quoted. They say it’s unpopular to support Moore because his enemies are in high places.

They might have been more vocal if he had been elected Etowah County circuit judge, but he wasn’t, and they’re not.

He’s unemployed now, having quit his job to run for office — a campaign that sapped him of his savings, the retirement money he had accumulated in his job, and his enthusiasm. He’s in debt, he says.

And his problems don’t end there.

His problems in 1982 seem picayune compared to what he’s accused of today. Four more women have stepped forward to accuse Moore of illicit groping — even after marriage.

As Axios reports:

After discussing the allegations against Roy Moore at a steering committee meeting tonight, the Alabama Republican Party elected to continue supporting Moore, per NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard, who reports that the matter did not come up for a vote. The RNC has pulled its funding from Moore, but he continues to receive support at the state level.

Tonight: Four more women came forward with allegations of unwanted advances from Moore, two involving unwanted physical contact, Moore’s campaign held an event where they claimed a piece of evidence against him was forged, and Moore tweeted: “Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On.”

A far cry from wood-choppin’ Roy of 1982 — paunchy, jobless, bitter.

Before losing in the Democratic runoff for the seat on the Circuit Court, several Etowah County judges dropped a dime on Moore to complain about his advertising.

Moore was given a chance to respond. His response did more harm than good.

On Oct. 30, the judges responded to Moore’s response: “We find Moore’s letter of Oct. 13 an indictment in and of itself — it crystalizes his utter contempt for the legal profession, its institutions, its courts. His reply to our complaint is to affirm his slander that our courts, our judges, our lawyers are corrupt,” the judges say in their letter.

“Gentleman, the decision rests with you. If we are to condone this type of puerile behavior, this irresponsibility, this dishonesty — your commission, the Judicial Inquiry Commission, our code of professional responsibility, our judicial canons stand for nothing,” the judges’ response continues.

“To allow a ‘member’ of our profession to publicly charge that lawyers and judges are corrupt and defend himself by blatantly asserting that such conduct is proper because he did not mention anyone in particular, rather everyone in general, is inconceivable. Suffice it to say that locally we will long bear the scars inflicted by Moore’s scurrilous campaign — his public vilification of honest, dedicated men and of a supposedly honored profession.”

On Nov. 15, Moore responded again in a letter that says, “I do not wish to carry on a war of words with Circuit Judge Julius Swann; therefore, I do not intend to reply to any future letters concerning this complaint …”

The 1982 story tells of a weary and worn Roy Moore who just wants it all to be over with.

Moore, though, says he’s growing weary of the controversy.

“I really believed that if things were wrong I could do something about it. I could change it,” he says.

“I have fought fairly and lost. I won’t fight unfairly.”

But he says he is frustrated that the fight didn’t end in the polls, that it is continuing in letters to the ethics commission and the Alabama Supreme Court.

“After I lost the judgeship, I thought it would end, but they don’t want to stop with that. They want my license. They want to do anything they can to keep me from practicing law.

“Either I’ve got to be the worst son of a gun there ever was or there’s something wrong.”

Moore quit his job as Deputy District Attorney to conduct his losing campaign for the Circuit Court seat, apparently costing him prime pick-up lines with the teeny-bopper set in Etowah County. He was broke, busted and distgusted.

He says he does have job prospects, but he won’t discuss them. Until he accepts a job, he is completing work on his house, splitting wood, visiting friends and trying not to spend money.

He is also trying not to be bitter. “I’m tired,” he says. “I put everything into this. I lost all my retirement and all the money I had saved. I obtained loans from my stepfather.”

“You don’t need anything but health and principles,” he says.

We at Breitbart Unmasked can’t speak toward his physical health. It would seem that his principles are in line with the Republican Party in the State of Alabama.

“Better a Diddler than a Dem.”