Roy Moore releases statement denying sexual encounter allegations

Roy Moore releases statement denying sexual encounter allegations

The U.S. Senate race took an unexpected turn when an Alabama women accused Republican favorite Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when the woman was a minor.

A report in in The Washington Post this week said Moore, 70, engaged in sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl more than three decades ago when he was an attorney in a small Alabama town. Three other women also told the Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.

This, even as Moore's would-be Republican colleagues have called on him to quit the race if the allegations were true.

The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through.

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

As of 2 p.m. EST Friday afternoon, the RNC and the Alabama Republican Party both remained in the joint committee. In the event of a win by Jones, the slim Republican Senate majority could get even slimmer. 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?" Alabama State Rep. Ed Henry said he doubted the accusers' veracity and called for legal action against them, reports Alabama newspaper The Cullman Times.

"The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying".

"I think Alabama would elect Satan if he could get Obamacare repealed", said Jonathan P. Gray, a Republican consultant in the state who is not working on the Senate race this year.

Moore defeated Luther Strange, who was backed by Mr. Trump, for the Republican nomination in September.

"I don't know if it matters whether it's today, tomorrow, or the next day, but he should do it within the next 48 hours, one way or the other", King said.

The Jones campaign said in a statement that "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges". He has denied the allegations in a written statement, and in an email to his supporters, he said he meant to stay in the Senate race to fight the "forces of evil".

The race included personal appearances from President Trump, in support of unusual, and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, backing Moore. But the report unquestionably introduced new waves of uncertainty and turmoil into a race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general.

The Post's report was based on interviews with 30 people. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out. They've never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court. Why would women say these things if they are not true? "Can the people of Alabama be tricked by the liberal fake news or not?"

For the record, the Bible doesn't say that Zechariah and Elizabeth were "extremely old" when they married, nor that Mary was a teenager.

Moore, of course, made a name for himself as a champion of cultural conservatism-the "Ten Commandments judge" who was twice kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court: the first time for defying a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments statue, the second time for refusing to recognize the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.