November 14, 2017

The situation for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore got even worse Monday, when another woman came forward to make a serious accusation that he sexually assaulted her in a car decades ago when she was 16. Moore’s attorney denounced the claim as a witch hunt brought forward by notorious feminist activist lawyer Gloria Allred, and Moore is threatening a defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post over the original report.

It’s hard for the public to know what to make of this sudden volley of charges that seem totally out of character. If true, then they are definitely disqualifying and Moore should bow out of the race immediately. But the timing is so convenient for Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate that some supporters who would normally be inclined to believe the accusers are hesitant. Many have known Moore as a staunch defender of conservative Christian values for decades and just don’t buy the charges. Some are suspicious because they’ve seen similar charges leveled at other Republicans, such as Herman Cain, just as they were rising in the polls. One new poll found that the charges have made 37% of Alabama Evangelicals more likely to vote for Moore because they think it’s an unfair smear campaign, with 28% less likely to vote for him, and 34% saying it makes no difference.

Meanwhile, a number of prominent Republicans have called on Moore to drop out, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says he believes the women. But Moore has called on McConnell to step aside, and McConnell spent a lot of GOP money trying to defeat Moore in the primary, so neither is inclined to take advice from the other.

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One thing that’s fairly certain is that voters will likely not know who is telling the truth by the time the vote comes next month. They should be thinking of who will best represent their state’s interests in Washington. Instead, they’re now being asked, with no hard evidence, to base their vote on whether Roy Moore was, at one time at least, a cradle-robbing sexual predator or if he’s the innocent victim of a dirty political hit job. The latest serious charge has upped the ante, and Moore’s Sean Hannity interview didn’t help his case, even with some who were initially willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Republicans who are considering launching a write-in campaign for incumbent Luther Strange, who was endorsed by Trump and defeated by Moore in the primary, have to consider that if Moore doesn’t drop out, that will split the GOP vote and hand a solidly red state Senate seat to the Democrats. Even if Roy Moore’s denials are true, it's time for him to think hard about which is more important to him: defending himself and risking a loss or insuring that Alabama’s Senate seat doesn’t become one more weapon in the arsenal used by Chuck Schumer to advance a liberal agenda that represents everything he has long fought against.



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  • Crystal Fenton

    11/15/2017 03:10 PM

    I thought when you run for Judgeship they thoroughly vett you, and if so, why didn't they catch all this then? And the timing seriously makes one wonder...

  • Irene Phillips

    11/14/2017 03:41 PM

    If he drops out it will be interpreted as a guilty admission no matter what his political reasoning is. I say don’t drop out if he is innocent!

  • Mary Schryer

    11/14/2017 02:37 PM

    We will vote for Moore because of the smear campaign. Never Luther Strange, because he is a bigger crook than Bentley was.

  • Eric

    11/14/2017 02:32 PM

    How about some legislation which would criminalize false accusations, perhaps like this one, for the accuser and if political operatives are shown to be involved, some hefty fines and jail sentences.

  • James Putney

    11/14/2017 02:20 PM

    Some rely on the principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty. But that won't help here - there won't be a trial. So the voters must decide based on what they know.

    Those voters are "now being asked, with no hard evidence, to base their vote on whether Roy Moore was, at one time at least, a cradle-robbing sexual predator or if he’s the innocent victim of a dirty political hit job." No hard evidence? Did you see his signature in the yearbook?

    Did you see the latest alleged victim? Did you watch and listen? She obviously bears a very real pain to this day. This woman voted for Tump, as did her husband. That's hard evidence.

    But we won't believe here because:
    1. She's sitting next to a "notorious feminist." Reverend Huckabee - would YOU have stood by her side when she came out with her humiliation and paid? Of course not. Would Ted Cruz? Senator Shelby? No - just a lowly Samaritan. Gloria Allred.
    2. Her timing (Trump supporter, Trump supporter) is suspicious. (As to Herman Cain, you notice he dropped out rather than challenge his accusers. Maybe their timing was suspicious. Maybe they came forward because he was in the running for president. Even if their timing was suspicious, the question is his guilt, and it looked pretty obvious by the time he clinked away.)
    3. It took her forty years to come forward, so why believe her? Have YOU ever been raped by the most powerful law officer in the county? Did YOU grow up in a rural community where shame, gossip, and male power are ever-present?
    4. Moore is a staunch defender of Christian values. It's one thing to espouse values, especially if you're a politician. But does that mean that he can't, at the same time, be a predator? ALL predators have great cover stories.
    5. Moore is a family man. He has children and grandchildren. So did Denny Hastert. So have thousands of predators. Does that mean he can't have a secret life that would destroy his family when revealed?

    Five women have come forward. From the proper depths of rural Alabama. THAT is courage - but you won't hear that from Reverend Huckabee. Also - banned from a mall and the YMCA for stalking teenage girls - dating underage girls as an adult, but with Mommy's permission.

    Conclusion: Roy Moore is a very smart, very ambitious man who has used the Ten Commandments and powerful office as cover for his life-long serial sexual predation of young girls.

    But hey, give the guy a break.

    Shame on you, Reverend Huckabee.

    Man up.


  • Selena K Davis

    11/14/2017 02:17 PM

    I stand with Judge Roy Moore. No, I no longer live in Alabama and can not vote there. I just thing we need something more definitive than these women who have literally come out of the woodwork to accuse him of something that may or may not have happened 40 years ago. I believe in innocent until proven guilty. With Mitch McConnell against him, people not jump on this bandwagon. McConnell should be the one to step down along with all the other RINOs.

  • Linda Osborne

    11/14/2017 02:03 PM

    I think it is s witch hunt lead by Democrats. If he was a sexual predator why are the only ones claiming this from 30 or 40 years ago. She didn’t have a tear in her eye and had to read from a script which was probably written by Allred

  • Stephen

    11/14/2017 02:01 PM

    I believe it’s the same type of hit job as Trump went through.
    Info wars at least three weeks before was the democrats next move back then.
    I’m praying for him.
    Even if it did happen and later
    became a believer washed in the blood.
    Their digging in garbage .
    Not one of them is without sin.
    To say your sin is bigger than mine is ignorance of Gods Word.
    But as created beings we all judge sometime or another.
    I would vote for him for the shear time factor why now?
    Well he probably is a believer.
    If so our God is a jealous God.
    This battle is His.

  • Chris Ann Pinter

    11/14/2017 01:57 PM

    I am a 48 year old woman , lifelong Republican and a proud Trumpster originally from the coalfields of Southern West Virginia . I think the timing on this stinks and I tried to give Mr Moore the benefit of the doubt from the beginning , as I realize a lot of this kind of thing is politically motivated. I continued to support him, until I heard his interview with Sean Hannity on Friday. The way a person answers questions is very telling, and I believe that if anyone would actually listen to how he answers these questions, they would see how guilty he appears to be. Now, my gripe is that folks such yourself , Sean Hannity Rush and others are backing this man and making it to be about politics... I feel it is irresponsible to turn us into the same as democrats , and rush to someone's defense before knowing the facts merely because they are a Republican. I dont know what the solution to this is except that people need to know the facts before they vote. respectfully, Chris Ann Pinter

  • Ira wheeler

    11/14/2017 01:57 PM

    He gets benefit of doubt. His history does not support such allegations so until some proof is offered he is innocent. Who are those “victims “, what is their background, why wait however many years to make statements, prove they weren’t recruited by Allred/liberals. McConnell has no validity as he evidently has no proof of allegations being true just his personal preference of candidates. Time for him to get out of office. He is one of the biggest impediments to progress by this legally elected administration which he was very public about his dislike and unfitness of Trump. Discredits anything he has said about Moore. Moore should run, win and sue all concerned for false charges and any and all actions associated with them. Dependent of course on him being innocent. Not his responsibility to prove innocence but the courts to prove his guilt. I seriously doubt sufficient evidence can be provided, only very questionable allegations.

  • Sebastian J Russo

    11/14/2017 01:54 PM

    Judge Moore ran for office in 2000 and 2012. Why did none of these women come out then. ANSWER: Because Mitch McConnell was not part of the equation. Also, the women with Gloria Allred was WAY, WAY TOO EMOTIONAL for a simple sexual advance that happened 40 years ago! This has RINO/UNIPARTY fingerprints all over it!

  • Connie Francis

    11/14/2017 01:49 PM

    Roy Moore should stay in until proof comes to light that proves he is guilty. People can accuse anyone of anything doesn't make it true. If I lived in Alabama I would vote for Mr. Moore. After he is seated in the Senate if proof is provided then they can deal with it The timing of this is very odd which also makes me wonder. I do believe the left is behind this and time will tell. Remember, innocence until proven guilty . Show me the proof.

  • bill barber

    11/14/2017 01:43 PM

    NO! This is just another vile move by the completely amoral Liberal Democrats to remove a true man from running for office. What they're doing to Roy Moore is like they did when a real decent man with good principles, Clereance Thomas was up for the Supreme Court.

  • Garland Hyett

    11/14/2017 01:43 PM

    I am an Alabamian and I will be voting for Roy Moore next month. I do not believe in this political hit job by the Dems. Innocent until proven guilty!