Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore faces new allegations of sexual misconduct and a lack of support from his fellow Republicans.
Last Thursday (9 November), The Washington Post published an explosive investigative article. Four women came forward with allegations of sexual impropriety against Moore. He denied all of them, calling them a ‘desperate political attack’ by the Post and Democrats.
The allegations caused a split within the Republican party and a possible unexpected outcome in the 12 December special election. Many are calling on Moore to withdraw, paving the way for Democratic candidate Doug Jones to take the seat in the red state. Other conservatives, however, continue to support Moore.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler, a Republican, defended Moore using the Bible as an example.
A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, held a press conference yesterday (13 November) to share her experiences with Moore.
Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her in his car after her shift at a local restaurant in Alabama.
She also provided her yearbook with an inscription from Moore reading: ‘To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say “Merry Christmas,” Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A.’
He became Assistant District Attorney for Etowah County, Alabama in 1977.
Moore and his campaign released another statement, calling Nelson’s lawyer Gloria Allred ‘a sensationalist leading a witch hunt’.
The campaign also reaffirmed: ‘Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.’
Furthermore, a New Yorker article alleges Moore was banned from a local mall in the 1980s for inappropriate behavior toward teenage girls.
GSN reached out to Gadsen Mall for comment.
Republicans at a crossroad
Various Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Moore to withdraw from the election.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also added their voices to the mix.
Ryan called the allegations ‘credible’ and that if Moore ‘cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside’.
Sessions doubled down, saying he has ‘no reason to doubt these young women’.
However, Moore has given no indication of his withdrawal. He also claimed McConnell should be the one to step down by failing conservatives.
Yet even if Moore remains in the race and wins, his troubles may not end there.
Head of the Republican campaign committee, Senator Cory Gardner, said the Senate should vote to expel Moore if he wins ‘because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate’.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee also stopped funding the race.
Alabama’s special election for Sessions’ vacated Senate seat takes place on 12 December.