Alabama Official Uses Bible to Defend Senate Candidate Roy Moore

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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.

The Post's report was based on interviews with 30 people. "According to The Washington Post account he never had sexual intercourse with any of them".

Corfman told the Washington Post on Thursday that a 32-year-old Moore gave her alcohol, took off her clothes and molested her when she was 14 years old in 1979.

On several occasions, Moore has made controversial statements and taken positions that have cost him his job. "He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear". Three other women told the Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, working at the district attorney's office.

Secretary of State John Merrill (R) told CNN "OutFront" host Erin Burnett that if the state GOP made the request, Moore would remain on the ballot but not appear as a Republican.

Some right-wing commentators, without outright denying the allegations, sought to downplay the significance of the story. He believes the women should face legal repercussions for coming forward so far after the incidents allegedly occurred.

He did not, however, attempt to defend the described sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, which would have been a criminal act under Alabama law at the time.

Doster, the adviser to Moore, said the candidate's campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, had talked to members of Alabama's congressional delegation after the news broke.


Moore also claimed that the Democratic Party was behind what he called "false allegations", and that "these women are going to, as [Moore] put it, have to answer to God for these false allegations", Savidge said. A 16 year old said Moore invited her on a date but her mother refused. On Thursday, Alabama State auditor Jim Zeigler said the allegations were no big deal because, "Take the Bible ..." "Zechariah and Elizabeth for instance". Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. "They became the parents of Jesus".

Some evangelical leaders sharply criticized Ziegler's response in comments to The Washington Post. Christians believe that Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by Joseph. And it's also possible that after some initial discomfort, an very bad lot of Alabama Republicans will find their way clear to voting for Moore anyway, particularly if he and his defenders continue to hang tough. Moore has vehemently denied the allegation. "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. Moore though is doubling down and refusing to step aside.

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is counter-punching hard.

So now Alabama voters have a choice: an accused child molester versus Doug Jones, a Democrat who successfully prosecuted two Klansman for killing four African-American girls.

"The Obama-Clinton Machine's liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I've EVER faced!" That led to his being removed from the bench the first time.

McConnell's inner circle spent late Thursday morning discussing the repercussions and how Republicans should move forward - and grousing that if unusual, their preferred candidate in the primary, was still the nominee, they would not be answering questions about Moore's conduct. In the past, Moore has said that "homosexual conduct" should be illegal and has compared such acts to bestiality.

The agreement still includes the other participants -- the Republican National Committee, the Alabama Republican Party and Moore's campaign.

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