Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in the state’s Senate Republican primary runoff election. The victory was a blow to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who backed his opponent. Now Roy Moore is ahead in the polls against his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
Unfortunately for Moore, allegations were made against him that he allegedly molested a 14-year-old in 1979. Since that time, it has only gotten worse with many Republicans calling for his withdrawal from the Senate race.
From The Hill:
Earlier Thursday, The Washington Post reported that four women have accused Moore of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s.
The 14-year-old, Leigh Corfman said she met GOP candidate Roy Moore when he offered to watch her during her mother’s child custody hearing. Moore, at the time, served as an assistant district attorney.
Corfman, now 53, said Moore asked for her phone number, and that the two met on two more occasions. On the first, the two kissed. During the second, she said Moore removed his clothes, took off her shirt and pants, and touched her over her bra and underpants, according to the account in the newspaper.
The other three allegations don’t go as far.
From Washington Post:
Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.
Moore’s campaign released the following statement, denying the allegations calling them a ‘desperate political attack’ by Democrats from the WaPo which has already endorsed his opponent.
“The Judge has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice. He has been a three-time candidate for local office, and he has been a national figure in two ground-breaking, judicial fights over religious liberty and traditional marriage,” said the statement.
“After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
Many Republicans immediately weighed in and said that if the charges are true, Moore should step aside.
From The Hill: