Alabama official uses Bible to condone sexual misconduct

Alabama official uses Bible to condone sexual misconduct

Alabama official uses Bible to condone sexual misconduct

A month before Alabama's special election, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore abruptly faced lurid allegations Thursday of sexual misconduct with minors decades ago - and an immediate backlash from party leaders who demanded he get out of the race if the accusations prove true.

Mr. Moore, 70, the state's former chief judge, vehemently denied the allegations, calling them "completely false and a desperate political attack".

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Moore had engaged in sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Roy Moore's brother is defending the GOP Senate candidate "to the hilt" amid the escalating controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct against him, according to CNN correspondent Martin Savidge, who spoke to the brother on the phone. "They are two of the biggest goobers we have in Washington D.C.", Henry said.

The Post reported that Moore, then 32, first approached 14-year-old Leigh Corfman in early 1979 outside a courtroom in Etowah county, Alabama.

If Moore wins the Alabama special election scheduled for December 12, he'd serve alongside GOP colleagues who have mostly hedged their words about whether he should even run anymore.

It's a bittersweet moment for some Republicans who thought Moore never should have been the party's nominee.

Now Republicans have to decide how to respond if their current position on the allegations - that Moore should drop out if the allegations are proven true - runs its course.

Three other women, ages 16 to 18 at the time, also said they had been pursued by Moore when he was in his 30s, but that nothing went beyond kissing. I'll stay out here with her, ' " Corfman's mother, Nancy Wells, told the Washington Post.

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A number of Republicans have gone on the record saying that, if the allegations are true, it would make Moore unfit to serve and he should step aside.

The NRSC's removal from the account is the most concrete step taken to date to create distance between the national Republican Party and the Moore campaign.

During the 2012 election, Republican Senate candidates in Missouri and in made inaccurate and controversial comments about rape that allowed Democrats to make inroads with women voters across the country.

After the Washington Post's report was published, Moore tweeted he would "NEVER GIVE UP" and vowed "to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war" on his campaign.

Others, Democrats and Republicans alike, said that the nominee should step aside if the accusations have any truth behind them.

A spokesman for the state Democratic Party said Rep. A three-way race - with Moore, Jones, and interim Sen.

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

Ziegler also noted, in defense of Moore, that Moore married a woman who is younger than him - he was 38 and his wife 24 when they married. (The seat is now filled by Luther Strange, who was appointed interim senator after Jeff Sessions was picked to be President Trump's attorney general.) Seven senators sit in the immediate vicinity, either in front, behind, or directly next to the seat.

None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.

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