Tomorrow, Alabama residents will vote in a special election; and they will decide if accused child molester Roy Moore will become a U.S. Senator. In case Moore is the victor, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) is initiating steps to protect teens in the Senate Page Program from predators.
Rep. Gwen Moore wrote to the Senate Sergeant at Arms in a letter on Monday asking to “take steps to prepare the Page Program for the possible election of Roy Moore.” Candidate Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican, has been accused by multiple women for pursuing sexual relationships with girls as young as 14.
Senate pages are mostly junior and senior high school girls – and some of them are only 16-years-old.
Rep. Moore wrote:
“I write you today to share my urgent concern regarding the threat to the safety of the young men and women working in the United States Senate Page Program if Roy Moore becomes the U.S. senator to Alabama.” She added, “The nature of life on Capitol Hill necessitates long hours in close proximity to lawmakers and staff that can create power dynamics of which young people are not fully aware.”
Rep. Moore’s letter highlighted that, in 2006, then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned from office because he sent sexually suggestive texts and emails to teen boys who were members of the Congressional Page program at the time.
Roy Moore denies the allegations that he sexually pursued teen girls, but at least 9 women have publicly alleged that he pursued them when they were still teenagers.
Rep. Moore said she’s waiting to hear what steps will be taken to protect the teen pages, and she’ll then work with experts in child abuse as well as with social workers to determine if those steps are adequate.
She wrote, “It would be unconscionable for Congress not to be vigilant and proactive in taking precautions to safeguard these children given the well-sourced allegations against Moore.”