GOP leaders bolt from Senate candidate Moore after sex claim

GOP leaders bolt from Senate candidate Moore after sex claim

Now the Washington Post has published the allegations of women claiming Moore sought romantic and even physical relationships with them when he was in his 30's and they were younger than 18. Several other women said they dated Moore while in their teens, but the contact didn't go beyond kissing.

His campaign denied the report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation". Spokespeople for Cruz and Paul have not returned a request to comment from The Hill. Senators like Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, and Ted Cruz called for him to step aside if the allegations are true.

And it was clear that many in his conservative base were in no mood to desert him in a race for a Senate seat Republicans consider crucial to maintaining their majority in the upper chamber. "Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously ridiculous and blasphemous", Ed Stetzer, a pastor and church consultant who holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College in IL, told The Washington Post.

Alabama political strategist David Mowery, who has worked for candidates of both parties, said the chance of Moore bowing out of the race was "less than zero", and that it was nearly as improbable for state party officials to abandon him in favor of a last-minute write-in candidate. He adds, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election".

"If you're gonna step aside when you get a allegation you might as well not run because when you run you're gonna get an allegation", Moore declared.

CNN reported that it had spoken with Corfman's stepfather, who said the family "stands by" what was reported in The Post.

The Jones campaign said in a statement that "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges".

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Roy Moore denied the accusations and said they were part of the "all-out war on our conservative values".

Moore backer and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon compared the allegations against the Republican Senate candidate to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that was released during the 2016 election. To listen to some Republican officials in the state, Moore is a victim even if he is guilty.

Moore's name can not be removed from the ballot before the December 12 special election even if he withdraws from the race, according to John Bennett, a spokesman for the Alabama secretary of state.

Moore is appealing for donations in his race for a Senate seat from Alabama just hours after the Washington Post reported allegations that Moore had sexual contact with a woman when she was 14 and he was 32.

For the record, the Bible doesn't say that Zechariah and Elizabeth were "extremely old" when they married, nor that Mary was a teenager.

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. His Democratic opponent is Doug Jones. 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.

He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama chief justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.

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