Judge Roy Moore's response

November 10, 2017

Alabama GOP Senate candidate and former Judge Roy Moore has issued a response to an article in the Washington Post, accusing him of having sexual contact with a then-14-year-old girl, 38 years ago when he was 32. The woman never filed a police report or made any public accusations against Moore in any of his previous campaigns. The paper cited claims by other women that Moore asked them out or kissed them back in the 1970s when they were age 16 to 18, but the age of consent was 16. Moore flatly denies the Washington Post article, calling it “completely false and a desperate political attack.” If so, it would not be the first time WaPo has published false or misleading hit pieces on Moore.

President Trump and a number of top Republicans called on Moore to drop out of the race if there’s any truth to the allegations. That would leave the GOP in a bad spot, since their Senate majority is razor-thin now, and the law says it’s too late to change the ballot. Democrats would likely fight a lawsuit to change the ballot, even though they did the same thing to keep a seat in New Jersey when one of their elderly incumbents died near Election Day.

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Full disclosure: I endorsed Judge Moore, because I believe we need more people in Washington who are willing to stand up to the do-nothing, go-along establishment and not betray conservative principles or their constituents. Nevertheless, if this accusation is true, then it is disturbing and unacceptable, and I agree that he should step down.

However, in America, one of our bedrock principles is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In the wake of recent Obama college directives and the wave of accusations in the media following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the right to due process regarding sexual conduct has been thrown out the window. There is a middle ground between ignoring or smearing accusers and accepting trial by media and de facto conviction without evidence.

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The decision on whether to stay in the race is Judge Moore’s, and I call on him to make it with honesty and integrity. If he stays in, sans a trial or evidence, the ultimate decision on whether last-minute media accusations should determine elections will come next month from Alabama voters.


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  • Larry Becking

    11/22/2017 03:38 PM

    It is so pathetic that we live in a society where someone is prejudged and convicted in an alleged abuse, without any proof, other than another persons word,regarding something that took place decades ago.
    Why is the accusers word more reliable then the accused.
    I am so fed up with the Republicans throwing their fellow Republicans "under the bus", just to supposedly protect their own political future. Republicans GET SOME GUTS and STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!
    I think the halls of congress would be empty.

  • Anamaria A. Thomas

    11/22/2017 02:50 PM

    I wonder how much those accusers got paid in cash or kind, even if they denied it. They are not angels's should, their morals or past is not ver clean!. Of course, not proven! neither the veracity of the accusation.

  • Evan Sachs

    11/21/2017 04:15 PM

    After reading the comments to your article - it suddenly occurred to me the case of Clarence Thomas. How a single woman was able to accuse one of our great conservative justices of leaving a pubic hair on a can of coke - and that this disqualified him from consideration. This is classic Democratic playbook ...we've seen it over and over again. Wow. If it weren't for Justice Thomas, we could say goodbye to our Second Amendment and freedoms we enjoy now.

  • Jack Tomey

    11/20/2017 11:24 PM

    The story of the 14 year old girl was disputed by her own mother - - the girl said she talked with Moore on a bedroom phone but her mother said she didn't have a bedroom phone. I think lie detector tests are called for by her and the other accusers.

  • Linda Herrin

    11/20/2017 11:07 AM

    I agree with you. I think the more liberal conservatives and the Democrats don't want another Trump type guy in office. I also think the democrat are 'gunning' for the spot in the senate. That my 2 cents.