GOP leaders bolt from Senate candidate Moore after sex claim

11 November, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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It was widely reported in the media that Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice and the Republican nominee for a vacant Senate seat in Alabama, had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old.

On Friday, Moore told Sean Hannity, "These allegations are completely false and misleading".

In an extensive report published Thursday, The Post detailed the allegations against Moore by the then-14-year-old and three other girls who were between the ages of 16 and 18 when they said the incidents occurred.

"There's a very unusual propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week.

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Reynolds says the timing of the allegations in a report from The Washington Post is too coincidental, with only a month left in the campaign. The younger Moore also said "he's very concerned about what the impact is going to be on their 91-year-old mother, hearing all of this, they worry about her age and health", Savidge said. The Moore campaign has denied the charges. "Moore is unfit for office and should step aside", he wrote. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones, a former US attorney.

Some politicians are casting doubt on the women's stories, while others are expressing dismay - and, in some cases, Republican officials are defending Moore's alleged actions as not problematic at all.

At least two Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and John Thune of South Dakota, said Moore should step aside immediately, with Senator McCain calling the accusations "deeply disturbing and disqualifying".

"The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal - even inflict physical harm - if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me", Moore pronounced in an email to supporters asking for emergency donations.

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, working with a slim 52-48 majority, called on Moore to drop out of the race "if these allegations are true". But as NPR's Jessica Taylor notes, "The Alabama Republican Party and the Republican National Committee remain fundraising partners with Moore, per the agreement".

Strange, despite the backing of President Donald Trump and much of the Republican establishment, lost a September primary to Moore.

If, however, the state party tells election officials that it wants to withdraw its nominee, or if Moore himself chose to do so, election officials would not certify any votes cast for Moore.

Roy Moore's brother reportedly defended him against allegations of sexual conduct with a minor, comparing the situation to the persecution of Jesus Christ, according to CNN. He was considered a heavy favorite in deeply Republican Alabama in the December 12 special election to fill the seat of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The results show the race in a dead heat, with voters split 46.4 per cent to 46 per cent in favor of Roy Moore. She then asked him to take her home, and he did. (The woman says Moore touched her over her underwear.) Another said that "14-year-olds don't make good decisions".

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Moore continues to do well with Alabama's evangelicals, who seem as a voting bloc to be prepared to accept virtually anything of late, but he is being outperformed by Trump among every other group.

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