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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  • Bob Sproul Jr

    11/20/2017 09:45 AM

    You think a 32 yr old single man who dated a 14 yr old single girl (who probably looked 20), and did not rape her or even have sex with her, should step down if it proves true that he dated her, and perhaps tried to make out with her? Since then he has had 38 yrs of good record.
    Let he who is innocent throw the first stone.

  • Ruben Martinez

    11/19/2017 05:43 PM

    I believe there are many people who know Mr. Moore's character, and that it is honorable
    Much more people know the lack of honesty and Christian values of his demoncrat accusers.
    I definitively trust Mr. Moore like a 100% versus 5 % of his accusers.

  • Robert Talley

    11/19/2017 12:03 AM

    A lot of people are saying Mr. Moore is not fit to fill the position he is running for, even though he hasn't been found guilty of anything; but Al Franken is clearly guilty, so shouldn't he be held to the same standard? I am so sick of the double standard in this country.

  • Patricia Miller

    11/17/2017 05:05 PM

    The women claiming that Judge Moore made sexual advances to them are hiding under Gloria Allred's skirt. She loves the limelight but is
    being real quiet this time around.] So what's up? Why aren't these women speaking out? is it because she know's it's fake news? The accusers of Al Franken are standing tall and all alone to give their stories. They sound pretty convincing to me
    and their is proof of what he did. So where is the proof Judge Moore did anything wrong? The voices are getting
    weaker and far away.

  • Judy Kampia

    11/17/2017 02:41 PM

    Remember Potiphar's wife and Joseph in Genesis 29! As a woman who has lived all over the country, I have met many women who lied or misunderstood actions from men and from other women like me. There is a reason one of God's commandments is "Do not bear false witness against your neighbor." God knew it was one of the main ways people hurt each other.