White House urges Moore to leave Senate race if sex allegations true

Casey Dawson
November 11, 2017

It's a bittersweet moment for some Republicans who thought Moore never should have been the party's nominee. Andy Harris, a Baltimore County Republican, should withdraw his endorsement of Moore, the subject of allegations he initiated relationships with minors in the 1970s and 1980s.

The bombshell story by The Postreported that Leigh Corfman, who was 14 at the time, was approached by Moore, who was 32 and working as district attorney. Harris's campaign committee contributed $1,000 to Moore's campaign in September, and his leadership PAC gave another $1,000 in August. He faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special Senate election on December 12 to replace Jeff Sessions, who is now United States attorney general.

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the position by former Gov. Robert Bentley. Renato Mariotti, a candidate for IL attorney general, tweeted: "Sean Hannity tries to excuse the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl by Roy Moore by saying it was 'consensual.' Does he have no shame at all?"

Attempting to pin a scandal involving one member of a party on everyone else in the party is a well-worn political tactic, though Maryland Democrats have generally not spent much time engaging with Harris.

Jerry Moore firmly denied the allegations against his brother and drew an analogy between his situation and the persecution of Jesus Christ, Savidge reported Friday in an interview with CNN's John Berman.

"(Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (Arizona Sen.) John McCain, what they said about Moore ending his campaign just really gets to me. (The seat is now filled by Luther Strange, who was appointed interim senator after Jeff Sessions was picked to be President Trump's attorney general.) Seven senators sit in the immediate vicinity, either in front, behind, or directly next to the seat.

"There's a very odd propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week. "Moore is unfit for office and should step aside".

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Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of the senatorial committee, had said: "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling". And the man he defeated in the Republican primary, current Sen.

"Well, I think most of the people in the state of Alabama would be very disappointed if someone who had been alleged to have engaged in that type of activity, had been proven that they had engaged in that activity, was continuing to represent them in any formal capacity", Merrill said.

Several religious scholars objected to Zeigler's use of the Bible to defend Moore.

Despite such support, experienced Republican operatives believe the Alabama Senate seat, held by the GOP for the last 20 years, is now at risk.

I strongly urge the Washington Post, and everyone involved, to tell the truth.

Moore said that he did recognize some of the women's names in the Washington Post report but could not remember if he had ever gone on dates with him. His campaign has described them as a Democratic attempt to undermine his bid for the Senate, ahead of the special election on December 12.

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