Alabama official uses Bible to condone sexual misconduct

11 November, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Alabama GOP nominee for Senate Roger Moore

That sentiment was later overwhelmingly echoed by other Senate Republicans who said that Moore should step aside if the claims were true, though Moore still appeared to have some support from Republicans who said that he would vote for Moore - whether the allegations were true or not.

The story also quoted three other women who said Moore dated them when they were between 16 and 18 years of age and he was in his early 30s, though none said they had sexual contact with Moore.

But when it comes to whether King himself believes Moore's accusers, he said he has not seen exactly what they are saying, but he insisted that Moore only has a short window of time to answer the claims.

"This is revolting and the Republican Party and everybody's who endorsed Roy Moore needs to disavow his candidacy right now and ask him to withdraw", said Sen.

Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, Ala., who's seeking the GOP nomination for next year's governor's race, said, "If the allegations are true, then he does not need to be the Republican candidate for Senate".

Moore's campaign did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment about the NRSC's decision to abandon the race.

Not long ago Steve Bannon accused "a corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment" of waging a "politics of personal destruction" against Judge Roy Moore during the Alabama GOP Senatorial primary.

In the immediate aftermath of the Post report Thursday, a wave of national Republican leaders called for Moore to drop out of the race if the allegations are true. In the event of a win by Jones, the slim Republican Senate majority could get even slimmer.

Moore's Democratic challenger, former USA attorney Doug Jones, had little to say aside from an eight-word campaign statement: "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges".

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And Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler seized headlines when he said there is "just nothing immoral or illegal" about the described encounter, comparing the assault to biblical marriages.

But nationally, GOP leaders were less likely to defend Moore's actions and more likely to say the allegations were disturbing, without necessarily ruling on their veracity. Luther Strange as a write-in candidate - would favor Jones with roughly 44% of the vote, followed by Moore at 41%, and Strange at 12%. Odd lost to Moore in the Republican primary runoff. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on Moore to step aside as well - and without couching his statement with "if true" language.

"I'm not buying it", Henry said.

"The Moore campaign never asked if they could use Sen".

Reaction after the Post story was published online was swift and severe. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore's Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls.

"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. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out.

Moore has been defiant, insisting he would not quit the race for the December 12 special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat. Men like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are ruined; a man like Moore can be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, spoke with a number of Alabama Republican county chairs. I believe this is Doug Jones, some of his doings, you know.

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