Washington (CNN) - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who garnered attention and lost his job after building a Ten Commandments monument outside Alabama's judicial building, is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination, his top aide confirmed to CNN.
Moore plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, the aide, Zachery Michael told CNN.
Moore will potentially seek the nomination because "we've seen the same type of politician running for president - the elitist type," Michael said. "What sets him a part is he can connect to all Americans and has an idea of what Americans are going through. We are seeing the same types of people run and we aren't getting anywhere."
Moore is a conservative Christian with a claim to fame for posting the Ten Commandments on the wall of his courtroom. In 2003, he was removed from his chief justice post for not complying with a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside Alabama's state courthouse.
According to Michael, Moore has been contemplating the Republican presidential nomination since September, and is already drawing strong support in Iowa from the tea party movement and middle-class evangelicals.
An active member of the tea party movement, Moore received the All-American award from the Central Texas Tea Party in February.
Moore visited Iowa four times last summer, holding rallies against same-sex marriage in the state. Following his April announcement, Moore will travel to the three other key primary states: Nevada, South Carolina, and New Hampshire.
"Moore stands up for his faith in God but also against an over-controlling government," Michael told CNN.
Moore's platforms will focus on repealing the health care overhaul law, lowering taxes with limited government, and eliminating progressive income taxes, Michael said. The Vietnam veteran and West Point graduate opposes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and in the energy sphere believes the U.S. should free itself from foreign oil dependency and explore other sources of fuel.
Moore ran and lost twice in Alabama GOP gubernatorial primaries, in 2006 and 2010.