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Roy Moore - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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    Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore accused of sexually assaulting teen girl

    Moore’s campaign says report that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 is ‘fake news’ and ‘intentional defamatio

    Ben Jacobs in Washington
    Thursday 9 November 2017 14.18 EST Last modified on Thursday 9 November 2017 14.31 EST

    Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, has been accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

    In a statement, the Moore campaign claimed that the Washington Post – which reported the woman’s accusation – had waged “systematic campaign to distort the truth” and that “this garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation”.

    He told the paper: “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”

    The Post reported that Moore took Leigh Corfman to his house in 1979, stripped down to his underwear and made her touch his genitals. Under Alabama law, such conduct would be sexual abuse in the second degree, although the statute of limitations would have long passed.

    Corfman told the Post: “I wasn’t ready for that – I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one.”

    The story also details allegations from three other women about Moore dating them when they were underage. Although one told the Post that Moore had ordered her cocktails when she was below the legal drinking age, there were no other accusations of illegal behavior.

    The report comes five weeks before Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in the fiercely competitive special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became US attorney general. He won the Republican nomination in September besting appointed incumbent Luther Strange by a margin of 55%-45% despite Strange’s support from Donald Trump and the entire machinery of the Republican party. Moore though did receive the support for former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

    Shortly before the Washington Post article was published, Breitbart, the conservative website run by Bannon, published an article featuring the Post’s request for comment to the Moore campaign, which detailed the accusations against him, and the Alabama Republican’s response to the allegations.

    Top Republicans are already taking steps to distance themselves from Moore. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who actively supported Strange, said in a statement: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.” Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who runs the National Republican Senate Committee, also put out a statement saying: “The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling. If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”

    Among the handful of Senate Republicans who have endorsed Moore, only Mike Lee of Utah weighed in on the allegations. Lee said in a statement: “If these allegations are true, Judge Moore should resign.”

    Moore has long been a controversial figure in Alabama politics. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the US supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

    Moore also has a long history of incendiary comments on social issues. He has argued that “homosexual conduct” should be illegal, said the United States could be described as “the focus of evil in the world” for promoting “bad things” like gay marriage and that a Muslim congressman should be prohibited from serving in the House of Representatives.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...oore-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-teen-girl
     
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    Roy Moore decries 'baseless' attack as woman tells Washington Post he touched her at 14
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    Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is firing back after The Washington Post published the account of a woman who claims the former judge and staunch social conservative initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 – allegations that have rocked the race in the final stretch.

    The Post story centered on allegations made by Leigh Corfman, now 53. She told the newspaper that Moore, then an assistant district attorney, first approached her in 1979 outside a courtroom in Alabama where she was sitting with her mother. On another occasion, she said Moore, then 32, took her to his home in the woods and kissed her.

    During a subsequent visit, Corfman reportedly claimed he took off her shirt and pants; touched her over her bra and underwear; and guided her hand to his underwear. She said the two did not have sexual intercourse, and that she ended up getting dressed and asking Moore to take her home, according to the Post.

    “I wanted it over with – I wanted out,” she told the Post, apparently recalling her train of thought at the time. Moore did take her home, she said.

    The report caused immediate problems for Moore with his own party, as he heads into the Dec. 12 election against Democrat Doug Jones.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who backed Moore’s rival Luther Strange in the GOP primary, said in a statement: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."

    Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., head of the Senate GOP campaign arm, called the allegations “deeply troubling” and said: “If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”

    But Moore’s campaign issued a statement saying the report is “baseless” and false.

    “National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary,” Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said. “Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead. So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind.

    “This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” he said.

    Moore called the accusations “completely false and a desperate political attack."

    The Post noted that the legal age of consent in the state is 16, and sexual contact by anyone 19 or older with anyone between 12 and 16 years old is considered second-degree sexual abuse.

    The statute of limitations, though, has long since passed.

    The Post interviewed three other women who were teenagers at the time who claimed Moore pursued them when he was in his 30s, though he did not force them into any type of sexual relationship.

    “I have prayed over this,” Corfman told the Post as to why she came forward, “All I know is that I can’t sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-tells-washington-post-touched-her-at-14.html
     
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    AFTER he wins this comes out. The RINO's want this guy out.
     
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    There's only one box left......
     
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    Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of sexually touching girl, 14, and told he must quit race as cheerleader, student, and mall worker also say he hit on them as young girls
    • Leigh Corfman says she was 14 when now-Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore offered to supervise her during his mother's 1979 court custody hearing
    • Moore was a prosecutor who worked at the courthouse
    • She says he got her number and kissed her on a first date
    • On a second date he allegedly touched her bra and underpants, and guided her hand to touch his underwear
    • Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Moore should withdraw 'if these allegations are true'
    • John McCain calls the allegations 'deeply disturbing and disqualifying'
    • Also allegedly approached 'Santa's helper' at Gadsden mall when she was 14 and asked her out at 16
    • Allegedly hit on 17 year-old-during speech to local civics class and kissed her
    • Dated 18-year-old cheerleader, she claims
    • Coffman, 53, currently is a customer service rep at payday lender
    • Moore called the allegations 'completely false' and vigorously denied them in a statement
    • Moore defeated GOP Sen. Luther Strange in a primary and faces Democrat Doug Jones in December race to fill Jeff Sessions seat


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5067515/Roy-Moore-accused-touching-14-year-old-girl-1979.html#ixzz4xy9zhc8s
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    Without a witness, this is complete garbage. Character assassination. But that didn't stop wonderful John McCain from commenting.
     
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    All that's necessary these days is an accusation. That whole 'innocent until proven guilty' shit went away after the communists took over the US
     
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    Can anyone say.....Anita Hill...
     
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    Yeah it's ridiculous the BS they'll make up...even against their own.
     
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    I think it's made up. Early this morning Steve Bannan from Breitbart called for McConnell to resign right after taxes are done. Didja also notice that the Senate came up with their completely ridiculous tax plan too? I think the establishment is trying to sabotage Trump while he is overseas.
     
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    19 seventy freaking NINE?!? This now, 52?!? year old woman suddenly decided now was the time to complain about this? Where the hell has her outrage been hiding for the past few...decades?
     
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    It's all a set up. Roy Moore is ultra-conservative & a Christian, hated by both the rino's & libtard's.
    Like I said before, there's only one box left.
    Look who's calling for him to drop out, that's all anyone needs to know.

    The timing of these accusations is very suspect.
     
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    This reminds me of the time the RINO's and Dems teamed up to defeat the Tea Party candidate in the Mississippi senate primary a few years back.
     
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    Reminds me of when Trump was accused before the election... crickets since then....



    40 years ago??

    Statute of limitations has run out, however allegations in the court of public opinion has not....
     
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    I would be willing to donate a few bucks to breitbart to do background checks on every congressman and all of their aids and every reporter for all fake national news offices. and also have a staff of at least 50 people to research all of them with family and friends places they worked and dig up dirt on as many as they can. 6 years ago we created money bombs for Ron Paul that raised millions of dollars We could do it again for this agenda. Roy Moore does not have a chance to fight the aligations because the court system is too slow. the election will be over before he can defend himself. It is time to fight back now. If 500,000 pe0ple donated 20.00 each we could raise 10 million dollars to do it
     
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    This scandal will pretty much destroy Judge Moore


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    Trump says Alabama's GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore will 'do the right thing and step aside' if allegations of sexual contact with minors are true
    • Moore, 70, won the Republican primary contest in the battle for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat
    • Now four women say he touched them sexually when they were 18 or younger
    • One tells The Washington Post that she was 14 years old at the time, in 1979
    • Moore and his campaign have denied the accusations, calling them 'fake news'
    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Sen. Jon McCain have already said Moore's alleged behavior should disqualify him from running
    • Now the White House says President Trump believes Moore will 'do the right thing and step aside' if there's any truth to the Post story
    • One Abalama Republican politician is defending Moore, comparing sexual contact with a teen girl to the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5069069/Trump-Moore-step-aside-sex-allegations-true.html#ixzz4y1bAhytb
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    Senate Candidate Roy Moore: 'Transgenders Don't Have Rights'

    He made the comment at a campaign event Wednesday, and today he was defiant about remaining in the race to fight "evil" after being accused of pedophilia.


    By Trudy Ring
    November 09 2017 7:31 PM EST


    Anti-LGBT U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has made yet another transphobic statement on the campaign trail.

    Moore, whose candidacy was threatened today by a news story accusing him of pedophilia, made the anti-trans comment at a press conference Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.

    Moore, a Republican and the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, criticized his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, for embracing “transgender issues and transgender rights in the military,” the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

    “The transgenders don’t have rights,” Moore said at the press conference, where he received the endorsement of 13 Alabama sheriffs. “They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court. He believes in transgender bathrooms and transgenders in the military. I disagree with him 100 percent.” Moore has previously said trans people are mentally ill, in addition to his many homophobic stances.

    Jones has not emphasized LGBT issues during the campaign, but he has denounced the Trump administration’s withdrawal of guidelines for schools on appropriate treatment of transgender students, including allowing them access to the restrooms of their choice, and the reinstatement of a ban on military service by trans people (the ban is currently blocked by a court injunction). Several Republicans, including Alabama’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Shelby, have decried the ban as well.

    Jones, appearing the same day at Alabama State University to discuss criminal justice issues, said Moore “wants to talk about nothing but the issues that may divide us instead of the ones that may unify us,” according to the Advertiser.

    Moore today remained defiant in the face of a Washington Post report that alleges he dated and made sexual advances to a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was in his 30s, and that he pursued romantic relationships with several other teenage girls, although no sexual contact is alleged with those teens. Some top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said Moore should step aside if the allegations are true.

    “I refuse to stand down,” Moore said in a fundraising email to supporters today, The Hill reports. He claimed the accusations were politically motivated, saying he was being attacked by “the Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs.”

    “The forces of evil are on the march in our country. ... I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values,” he continued.

    Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations related to his efforts to block marriage equality in the state. He and Jones are running for the Senate seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general. Moore bested the interim senator, former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, in the Republican primary and subsequent runoff. The general election will be December 12.

    https://www.advocate.com/politician...idate-roy-moore-transgenders-dont-have-rights
     
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    'Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections': Romney comes out with strongest statement yet on Roy Moore after GOP leaders pile on following allegations
    • Former GOP Mitt Romney called on Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore to 'step aside,' calling him 'unfit for office' over allegations Moore preyed on teen girls
    • On Thursday, the Washington Post published a number of accounts from women who said Moore sexually pursued them when they were teenagers
    • A number of Republicans have said Moore should leave the special election race, as Alabama voters head to the polls on December 12


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5070617/Romney-comes-strongest-statement-Roy-Moore.html#ixzz4y3FFPMWF
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    Wow Moore has to come back swinging he is getting it from Romney to Trump.
     
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    Just listened to Hannity's interview with Moore and he is now talking to a former sex crimes prosecutor. She was going on about due diligence and due process and the fact that both the accuser and the accused have rights.
     
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    The next one to speak up should be GW Bush. The establishment is sending a signal how they do not want the republican party to change. If I was a betting man I would say the accusations are hogwash.
     
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    Allegations Against Roy Moore Remind Us That Trump Told You To Vote For Luther Strange
    Anthony Brian Logan



    Published on Nov 10, 2017
    Alabama's GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore spoke out for the first time on Friday since four women in an explosive Washington Post story accused him of pursuing them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

    Roy Moore's Senate run has come as a result of Jeff Sessions being appointed US Attorney General and his seat in Alabama being vacated. It is currently being held by Luther Strange, who was appointed to the vacant seat by then-Governor Robert Bentley, who resigned shortly afterwards due to a scandal of his own. Donald Trump supported Strange during the primary which eventually nominated Roy Moore.

    "These allegations are completely false and misleading," Moore said Friday on the conservative Sean Hannity's radio show.

    The allegations -- particularly the account of Leigh Corfman, who claimed Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 and he was 32 -- have rocked Washington, prompting a number of top Republicans to call for Moore to step down ahead of next month's special election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Friday it was dropping out of its joint fundraising agreement with Moore's campaign.

    Speaking to Hannity Friday, Moore specifically denied the allegations by Corfman, who claims Moore undressed her, moved his hand over her bra and guided her hand over his underwear. Moore claimed he does not even know her.

    "I don't know Miss Corfman from anybody," Moore said, calling the accusations "politically motivated."
     
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    The UNTOLD Secret Truth About Roy Moore
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    Published on Nov 10, 2017
     
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    I've said this before but it's worth repeating. This is no different than the 17th century witch trials or McCarthy's 20th century communist accusations. How many of the accused 'sexual predators' have had their day in court? None of them. And how many of their careers have been ruined already? All of them.

    Some of the accused are scumbags to be sure- Roy Moore may be among them for all we know. But all we have are accusations from people with nothing to lose. Here in the US, everyone is to be presumed innocent until found guilty by the court of law.

    And Mitt Romney thinks that Moore should step aside unless he can prove his innocence. How f 'd up is that? Sure glad he's not sitting in the big chair... Now that I am thinking about it, I think he tried sticking his fist up my ass 5 years ago... And what's-her-face too- just last year. Where can I pick up a couple of those claim forms?
     
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    Is a 32 year old man going on a date with a 17 year old girl more odd than a 32 year old man going on a date with a 32 year old man? That is the question. Does Moore have the balls to ask it? I doubt it.
     
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    Well said sir.

    How's the dude supposed to prove what he did not do one day 38 years ago?!? Hell, I wouldn't know where to begin to prove where I was or wasn't on any particular day last month. The whole thing is nuckin futz.

    17 I could deal with...I wouldn't necessarily like it, but I could deal. 14 is off limits 100% of the time.
     
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    Next thing you know there will be some mysteriously funded intel linking him to Russian hookers, urine, and collusion.. These folks have every branch of the treason tree working for them. I give it a 1/10 chance of being true
     
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    Yep...the more these scumbags open their mouths and spout their traitorous bullshit, the more I want to vote for Moore.
     
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    Republicans Try to Block Moore’s Path as Candidate Denies Sexual Misconduct
    By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    NOV. 10, 2017


    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans scrambled on Friday to find a way to block Roy S. Moore’s path to the Senate, exploring extraordinary measures to rid themselves of their own nominee in Alabama after accusations emerged that he had made sexual advances on four teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

    Mr. Moore, meanwhile, remained defiant, insisting in a radio interview with Sean Hannity that he would stay in the race. He told Mr. Hannity, the Fox News host, who has endorsed Mr. Moore’s candidacy, that he “never had any contact” with Leigh Corfman, the woman who told The Washington Post that Mr. Moore touched her sexually when she was 14, though he did not deny dating some teenagers.

    “I have never known this woman, or anything,” said Mr. Moore, who described the accusations as “politically motivated.”

    Republican senators and their advisers, in a flurry of phone calls, emails and text messages, discussed fielding a write-in candidate, pushing Alabama’s governor to delay the Dec. 12 special election or even not seating Mr. Moore at all should he be elected. In an interview, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, declined to say whether he would agree to seat Mr. Moore should he win. Mr. McConnell deferred a question about a possible write-in campaign by Senator Luther Strange, the current occupant of the seat, to Mr. Strange.
    The Senate Republican campaign arm, which Mr. McConnell effectively oversees, withdrew Friday from a joint fund-raising agreement with Mr. Moore’s campaign. And Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Steve Daines of Montana rescinded their endorsements of the candidate.

    The frenzy reflected not just the worry over the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general, but also the broader danger of the Republican Party’s being associated with Mr. Moore.

    If Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee, wins next month, Mr. McConnell’s majority will shrink to one, possibly imperiling the Republican push to overhaul the tax code and most everything else that lawmakers are aiming to do to reverse their spiral before the midterm elections. It could also raise at least the potential that Democrats could seize control of the Senate in 2018, by holding all of their endangered seats and winning Republican seats in Nevada and Arizona.

    But if Mr. Moore wins, the party faces a potentially more untenable prospect: welcoming a child-molesting suspect into their ranks, a move that every Republican candidate would have to answer for. That raised memories of Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate who in 2012 said victims of “legitimate rape” rarely got pregnant, an assertion that Democrats hung around every candidate that year.

    And Mr. Moore’s interview within the sympathetic confines of Mr. Hannity’s show, which was also an initial safe harbor for Mr. Akin in 2012, made Republicans in the capital only more determined that he had to step aside.

    “I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Mr. Moore told Mr. Hannity. Asked by Mr. Hannity if he ever dated teenagers when he was in his 30s, Mr. Moore equivocated, replying, “Not generally, no.”

    Some Senate Republicans have encouraged Mr. Strange — who lost to Mr. Moore in a bitterly contested Republican runoff election in September — to run as a write-in candidate, an option Mr. Strange is considering, according to Republicans who have spoken with him. But some Republicans believe he would do little more than play spoiler, ensuring either that Mr. Moore is elected by taking votes Mr. Jones would otherwise get or that the Democrat wins by siphoning support from Mr. Moore among Republicans seeking a palatable third option.

    Mr. McConnell and Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, spoke with Mr. Strange about the prospect immediately after the Moore news broke on Thursday, according to Republicans familiar with the conversation. And Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who won re-election in 2010 as a write-in candidate, was planning to discuss logistics with Mr. Strange this weekend.

    Asked Friday if he thought Mr. Strange should run as a write-in candidate, Mr. McConnell said only that “you’d have to ask Luther what his intentions are, given this development.”

    Republicans in Washington and Alabama have also approached other potential candidates about a write-in effort, including Representative Robert B. Aderholt, a mainstream conservative from northern Alabama. But it is unclear that any prominent Republican will be willing to mount a wild-card campaign for the Senate unless Mr. Moore stands down first.

    Absent Mr. Moore’s cooperation, Republicans in Washington have conferred with election lawyers to explore other long-shot options for replacing or marginalizing him, several of which would probably lead to a clash in court with Mr. Moore and his supporters.

    One approach that Republicans are considering, according to people briefed on the deliberations, would involve asking Gov. Kay Ivey to order a new date for the election — sometime early next year — and giving the party time to ease Mr. Moore from the race.

    Alabama election law requires candidates to withdraw at least 76 days before an election in order to be replaced on the ballot, a deadline Mr. Moore has already missed.

    State law gives the governor broad authority to set the date of special elections, and Ms. Ivey, who is a Republican, already rescheduled the Senate election once, after inheriting the governor’s office in April when her predecessor, Robert Bentley, resigned in a sex and corruption scandal. Ms. Ivey’s advisers have not ruled out exercising that power again, according to Republicans in touch with her camp, but she has signaled that she would like reassurances of support from the White House before taking such an aggressive step.

    Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist close to Mr. McConnell, said presidential intervention was needed to bring any order to the situation in Alabama. He suggested that President Trump could personally nudge Mr. Moore out of the race and back a write-in campaign by Mr. Strange, or perhaps Mr. Sessions, a popular figure with Alabama Republicans.

    “You’ve got a wild-card politician, who may or may not support your agenda, who’s now got horrific allegations of molestation of a child,” Mr. Jennings said, referring to Mr. Moore. “It strikes me that the people of Alabama would listen to the president.”

    A spokesman for Ms. Ivey did not reply to an email asking about her intentions, but she has been in contact with Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, according to Republican officials.

    But there is no apparent precedent for rescheduling an election so close to the planned vote, Republicans acknowledged. In addition to state election laws, such an extreme step could also run afoul of federal voting rights law.

    Then there is the possibility that if Mr. Moore stayed in the race and won, the members of the Senate would deny him a seat.

    While sidestepping a question about whether he would support such an extraordinary step, Mr. McConnell recalled how, as a relatively junior senator, he pushed to oust Senator Bob Packwood, Republican of Oregon, a long-serving and powerful figure, after a throng of women came forward to accuse Mr. Packwood of sexually harassing or abusing them.

    “I ended up making a motion to expel the chairman of the Finance Committee of my own party, which was approved unanimously, and he subsequently resigned,” Mr. McConnell said. “So character does count in America and in the United States Senate.”

    While maintaining his typically stoic public face, Mr. McConnell was said to be highly irritated that, after he had fended off problematic candidates in recent years, Mr. Moore had instantly revived the type of difficulties Republicans suffered with Mr. Akin and other hard-liners.

    But in Alabama, Republicans appeared far more willing to give Mr. Moore the benefit of the doubt.

    “Let’s let this thing work out,” said Trip Pittman, a state senator. “You’re innocent until proven otherwise.”

    Mr. Pittman urged Mr. Moore to aggressively rebut the claims. That, he said, would be “really helpful.”

    Alabama’s congressional Republicans remained silent on Friday, wanting to see how emphatically Mr. Moore responded to the charges, but there were conversations about eventually issuing a joint statement. Some of them were rattled — and not just because of the Moore story.

    As members of the state’s House delegation arrived Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., for a fund-raiser with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, there were hydraulic problems with the plane as it touched down. Shortly after enduring a bumpy landing, their phones lit up to reveal The Post’s report.

    For their part, Democrats appear to be ready to join the fray. The party had been holding back, in part out of fear that getting involved could nationalize the election and compromise Mr. Jones’s brand as an independent-minded local candidate.

    But on Friday, Democratic donors appeared increasingly interested in the race. Stephen J. Cloobeck, a Nevada hotel magnate who contributed $500,000 last year to a Senate-focused Democratic “super PAC,” described Mr. Moore as “despicable” and said he would gladly direct money to Mr. Jones.

    “If there’s an event, I will participate, because I have a 14-year-old little girl, and if anyone touched her, I’d kill them,” Mr. Cloobeck said. “I’d kill them.”

    Jonathan Martin reported from Washington, and Alexander Burns from New York. Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Washington.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/us/politics/roy-moore-alabama-republican.html
     
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    Moore defiant as Senate Republicans sever ties

    The GOP Senate campaign arm withdrew from a fundraising pact with the party's Alabama nominee.

    By ALEX ISENSTADT and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI

    11/10/2017 01:24 PM EST

    Updated 11/10/2017 06:17 PM EST



    The GOP’s Senate campaign arm on Friday severed its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, the most concrete step the party has taken to separate itself from the besieged nominee.

    But Moore and his backers remained defiant, portraying accusations that he initiated sexual contact with teenagers decades ago as a conspiracy by his opponents to drag down his candidacy.

    The move by the National Republican Senatorial Committee came a day after The Washington Post reported the accounts of four women who alleged that Moore, as a man in his 30s, had pursued them as teenagers. One of the woman said he initiated sexual contact with her as a 14-year-old.

    Two Republican senators rescinded their endorsements of Moore on Friday evening, with Steve Daines of Montana and Mike Lee of Utah pulling their support.

    "Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate," Lee wrote on Twitter.

    Pressure also intensified on Friday for Moore to exit the race from national Republicans who opposed him in the primary and have never felt comfortable with the controversial former judge.

    “Moore is unfit for office and should step aside,” Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, wrote on Twitter.

    The Alabama Republican, however, has adamantly denied the allegations and insisted he will remain in the race.

    Appearing on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Friday afternoon, Moore said he did not know his accuser, Leigh Corfman.

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    “I’ve never talked to her, never had any contacts with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated,” he said. “I believe they’re brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they’re doing. I have never known this woman or anything.”

    Moore’s spouse, Kayla, wrote a fundraising appeal in which she called on supporters to rally around her husband’s candidacy.

    “Knowing you're standing with him in his corner helps lift Roy's spirits and encourages him to continue slugging it out with everything he's got against the forces of evil,” she wrote.

    While the Senate GOP campaign arm has ended its fundraising arrangement with Moore, he still has one with the Republican National Committee. Top officials with the committee, who have been in talks with the White House, are still trying to determine whether to sever its ties with the candidate. The RNC also has field staffers in Alabama.

    After the story broke on Thursday, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel spoke by phone with White House political director Bill Stepien. Yet as of Friday afternoon, she still had not connected with President Donald Trump, who is traveling abroad in Asia.

    Throughout his Alabama Senate primary against Sen. Luther Strange, Moore pummeled the Republican establishment practically on a daily basis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and strategist Karl Rove were his favorite punching bags.

    But there was no love lost in either direction. The NRSC campaigned against Moore, and a McConnell-backed super PAC spent millions casting Moore, who was twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for defying federal orders, as unfit for the Senate.

    Nonetheless, the two sides made up, at least formally, after the election. In late October, Moore's campaign entered into a fundraising pact with the RNC, the NRSC and the Alabama Republican Party.

    But paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday showed that the NRSC is no longer listed as part of a joint fundraising committee with Moore's campaign.

    "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling. If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election," NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said in a statement Thursday.

    The joint fund, dubbed Alabama 2017 Senate Victory Committee, allowed Moore to raise $80,500 at a time from individual contributors.

    Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, to fill the seat of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the staunchly conservative state. The election is on Dec. 12.

    The revelations have given Democrats hope in a race few thought was winnable for the party. Democrats took no new significant public steps to support Jones on Thursday or Friday, though a series of prominent Senate Democrats sent out fundraising emails for him.

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been monitoring the race closely for months, and remains in close contact with Jones' campaign team. But national Democrats are wary of weighing in heavily given the party's toxic brand in the state.

    Republicans are racing to find ways to keep their hold on the seat, which was occupied by Jeff Sessions until he became attorney general. Some in the party are encouraging Strange, a former state attorney general who was temporarily appointed to the seat in February, to wage a long-shot write-in campaign.

    Yet Strange has expressed little interest in the idea, said one person with direct knowledge of the discussions.

    Moore and his supporters, including Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, have tried to turn the crisis into a rallying cry for his supporters.

    In his Hannity appearance, Moore said his campaign had launched an “investigation” into the emergence of the story and found evidence of “collusion,” though he did not elaborate on what he meant.

    "This is a hit job from the ultra-liberal Washington press seeking to not only destroy Judge Moore but the conservative movement sweeping America,” said Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead. “Ultimately, the truth will be known about what is going on to keep Judge Moore out of the Senate.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/10/nrsc-drops-out-of-fundraising-agreement-with-moore-244783
     
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    The problem is the establishment came up with a story so out of bounds that nobody in Alabama believes it. It is very similar to other stories about Hollywood people to give it some perceived merit, but it's one of those stories that could be in a guess which news item is fake contest.
     
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    This is what Roy Moore has said about child abuse and sexual assault
    https://thinkprogress.org/this-is-w...-child-abuse-and-sexual-assault-c844cf8ff480/

    Here Are Some Pretty Wild Things Roy Moore Has Said Over The Years
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/heres-are-some-pretty-wild-things-roy-moore-has-said-over-the-years

    Judge Roy Moore in 2015 After Voting in Favor of Child Rapist: ‘No Evidence’ of ‘Serious Physical Injury’
    https://www.mediaite.com/online/jud...apist-no-evidence-of-serious-physical-injury/
     

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