(AL.com) – Just in time for Halloween, famed horror writer Stephen King is weighing in on the Alabama Senate race.
The famed author, known for his bone-chilling creations such as Pennywise the Clown and Cujo the killer dog, doesn’t think much of Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville’s position of not debating ahead of the November 3 general election.
In a tweet sent out shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, King also called out Alabama, asking if they know a “chickenshit when you see one? Or -- ha-ha -- when you DON’T see one?"
Tuberville has come under criticism by incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones for not debating ahead of the November 3 election. Tuberville also declined invitations by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to debate ahead of the July 14 GOP runoff elections, which Tuberville easily won.
Tuberville has also been criticized for making minimal public appearances ahead of the election, and for not taking questions from the media.
The limited appearances haven’t had much affect on Tuberville’s standing in the polls. The former Auburn University head football coach has maintained a double-digit lead in most polling. Jones, according to national publications, is considered the most endangered incumbent senator heading into the general election.
King’s tweet also coincides with criticism from the Jones campaign that Tuberville was a no-show at a debate between Jones and Tuberville that was co-hosted by the College Democrats and Republicans at Auburn University on Wednesday night. According to the Jones campaign, "Tuberville is “too scared to face Doug ... even on his own home turf.”
“He’s refused to tell Alabama the truth about who and what they’re voting for -- and it’s clear why,” the Jones campaign wrote in an email it sent out Wednesday night. “Tuberville is hiding because he knows that on every front -- policy, experience, character and competence -- he loses to Doug Jones. Hands down.”
King is no stranger to weighing into politics on his Twitter account, which is tracked by 6.1 million followers. He often vents his frustrations at President Donald Trump and his Administration, and is frequently tweeting his opinions about politics. In the past two days, he confirmed his plans to vote for Maine Democratic Senate hopeful Sara Gideon, who is vying to unseat Republican incumbent Senator Susan Collins. He also encouraged people to no longer mail in their ballots if they decide to vote early, and to hand-deliver them instead.
King’s books and characters have also been compared to contemporary news and politics. For instance, the Covid-19 pandemic has been compared to a deadly virus that almost kills the world’s population in his 1978 novel, “The Stand.” The power-hungery character Greg Stillson, in the “The Dead Zone” written in 1979, has sometimes been compared to Trump.
King, in last September’s “The Institute,” wrote about children with supernatural abilities being forcibly separated from their families and taken to detention camps. King, in an interview last year, said the book’s similarities with the Trump administration’s family-separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border was not intentional.
King represents the first major celebrity to weigh in on Alabama’s Senate race ahead of next week’s election. It’s a significant difference from the 2017 campaign when a host of celebrities weighed in on the special Senate election between Jones and Republican Roy Moore. The most notable of those involvements was TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who had a comedian Tony Barbieri -- playing his character “Jake Byrd” -- crash a Moore rally in Theodore weeks before the election.
(John Sharp, AL.com)