Alabama Official Uses Bible to Defend Senate Candidate Roy Moore

Marie Harrington
November 11, 2017

The Senate Republican fundraising operation on Friday pulled out of a joint committee it had set up with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign, following allegations the former judge initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl almost four decades ago.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", Moore said.

But the supposition poses a dilemma: It appears impossible to prove the decades old allegation as it is the now the 53-year-old woman's word, as published by the Washington Post, against Moore's insistence the report is "fake news". Corfman never filed a police report or a civil suit, the Post said.

Leigh Corfman told the Post she was 14 when Moore first approached her and took her to his home twice, the second time touching her over her bra and panties and having her touch him over his underwear.

Moore denies the allegations. The Senate's GOP leader said if the report is shown to be true, Moore must step aside. A previous Opinion Savvy survey back at the end of September gave Moore a five-point lead, so the shift isn't particularly large.

"However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. A handful of other women came forward to describe similarly inappropriate sexual encounters with Moore, as well, claiming they were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time. "These allegations are disgusting and I believe them against him".

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".

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

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If, however, the state party tells election officials that it wants to withdraw its nominee, or if Moore himself made a decision to do so, election officials would not certify any votes cast for Moore. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who now serves as US attorney general.

In the small eastern Alabama town of Heflin, a handful of people interviewed by the AP indicated they were indifferent to the allegations if not disbelieving of them.

Asked to clarify if Blunt was canceling on the fundraiser, she repeated, "He won't be in AL".

"You understand this is 40 years ago and after the military, and I dated a number of young ladies", Moore said of the possibility of going on dates with other young women.

Moore himself was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 after refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Henry said he believes legal action should be considered against Moore's accusers, finding their story unbelievable.

Those senators are: Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Tom Cotton of Arizona, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and Richard Shelby of Alabama.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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