'Nothing Immoral' Or 'Deeply Disturbing'? Republicans Split On Roy Moore Allegations

Jerome Frank
November 11, 2017

Isaac Boltansky, an analyst at research firm Compass Point, noted that the polling Alabama was already relatively close between Moore and his Democratic competitor, Doug Jones, and the recent allegations could throw the race into flux.

But any write-in campaign would be an uphill battle and end up splitting the GOP vote, making it easier for Democrat Doug Jones to win in an upset.

Moore himself was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 after refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Henry, R-Hartselle, who represents a portion of Cullman County, said he suspects the timing of the stories told by five women about Moore's alleged sexual advancements 40 years ago, as told to The Washington Post, are politically motivated as the December 12 special election nears.

On the ground in Alabama, some Republicans were willing to downplay the allegations.

In The Washington Post on Thursday, Leigh Corfman accused Moore, a Republican running for Senate in Alabama, of kissing and groping her when she was just 14 and he was 32.

"Take Joseph and Mary. They became parents of Jesus", Ziegler was quoted as saying by the Washington Examiner.

The agreement still includes the other participants -- the Republican National Committee, the Alabama Republican Party and Moore's campaign.

The Bible does not state the ages of Joseph and Mary, agrees Margaret M. Mitchell, a professor of early Christian literature and the New Testament at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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It seems that in the political arena, to say that something is not true is simply not good enough.

"Right now there is a lot of accusations being made against a lot of people", said Randall Mccaffrey. And 54% do not believe Moore should withdraw from the race because of it; 35% do. In addition, Zeigler said that even if the allegation was true, it did not involve sexual intercourse.

Asked to clarify if Blunt was canceling on the fundraiser, she repeated, "He won't be in AL".

Under ancient norms and apparently under first century Roman and Jewish law, she said, it was apparently common for girls 12 and older to be betrothed, though practice varied by region, social class and more. She also claims he also took off his clothes and allegedly moved her hand so that she touched him over his underwear. "Please just get this over with". "At the very least, it is something that everyone is going to have to answer: Do you think Roy Moore at the age of 32 with a 14-year-old is like Mary and Joseph?"

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for Moore to "immediately step aside", without any of the qualifiers used by many of his colleagues.

Bennett says In such a scenario, even if Moore earned more votes than the Democrat, the state canvassing board would declare the Democrat the victor.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said, "If it is true I don't think his candidacy is sustainable". She described meeting Moore, who was then an assistant district attorney, at the courthouse in Etowah County, Ala., where he offered to watch her while her mother attended a custody hearing. "They are two of the biggest goobers we have in Washington D.C.", Henry said.

Under Alabama state law, the ballot can not be changed within 76 days of an election.

But nationally, GOP leaders were less likely to defend Moore's actions and more likely to say the allegations were disturbing, without necessarily ruling on their veracity.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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