On the heels of a Democratic sweep in Virginia, we’re now learning 70-year-old Roy Moore, the Republican favored to win Alabama’s Senate race next month, is being accused of sexual misconduct involving a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
The Washington Post has reported Leigh Corfman, now 53, has alleged she met Moore when he offered to watch her as her mother attended a custody hearing almost four decades ago when she was 14-years-old and Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.
According to Corfman, Moore asked for her phone number, and the two of them met on at least two separate occasions. She said the first time they met, they kissed, and during their second meeting, she asserted Moore took off his clothing, took her shirt off and touched her over her bra and underpants.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” Corfman told The Washington Post, adding: “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Wapo also claims to have found three other women between the ages of 16 and 18 who’ve said Moore approached them in the late 1970s. All three women say they didn’t engage in sexual intercourse with Alabama Republican outside of kissing, and one told the Post that Moore would bring bottles of alcohol on their “dates.”
Moore denied these allegations in a statement to the Post:
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore said.
Moore’s campaign added that “this garbage is the very definition of fake news,” and that these allegations, if true, would have surfaced at an earlier point in his political career.
Huffington Post reported that:
A special election for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes place Dec. 12. Moore is up against Democrat Doug Jones. It’s unclear whether the allegations will affect Moore’s candidacy.
Al.com reported that, as of Wednesday, Moore was maintaining a “double-digit lead” over Jones.
A poll commissioned by Raycom News Network released Wednesday found that Republican Roy Moore is continuing to hold a significant lead over Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race.
Conducted by Mobile-based Strategy Research, the poll said that Moore had 51 percent of support to 40 percent for Jones. And 9 percent of poll participants declared themselves undecided.
The Alabama GOP didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
However, as Huffington Post continued: “James Lomax, an Alabama Republican who has attended party functions supporting Moore, told HuffPost that if the allegations are true, Moore should be removed from the race.”
“If Roy Moore has had a bosom in one hand and a Bible in the other, he needs to immediately remove himself from this race and go find the God that he is always peddling,” Lomax told HuffPost, adding: “No amount of pithy campaign slogans can cover up these sins if real. Alabama politics have reached the height of hypocrisy.”
NPR reports that
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.” Per Alabama law, it is too late for Moore’s name to be taken off the ballot.
Moore has long been a controversial figure in Alabama politics. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the US supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Moore also has a long history of incendiary comments on social issues. He has argued that “homosexual conduct” should be illegal, said the United States could be described as “the focus of evil in the world” for promoting “bad things” like gay marriage and that a Muslim congressman should be prohibited from serving in the House of Representatives.
It will certainly be interesting to watch next month’s election results. Republicans must be freaking out — and they should be.