Alabama official uses Bible to condone sexual misconduct

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Seventy-three percent of Republicans believe that Roy Moore should not drop out of the Alabama Senate race.

In Washington at least, few Republicans came to Moore's defense in the hours after the report was published.

The charge that Moore initiated sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney is attested to by her, on the record. At the time, Moore was in his early 30s.

Moore, now 70, has twice served as Alabama's chief justice.

The poll does show Moore losing support disproportionately among self-identified Evangelicals (a majority of Alabama voters), leading Jones in that demographic 58-37; he led by 68-28 in September. The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment. Moore bested the interim senator, Luther Strange, in a primary and runoff.

That righteousness was in evidence yesterday when the state's auditor, Jim Ziegler, defended Moore against allegations he had groped a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old attorney.

Attempting to pin a scandal involving one member of a party on everyone else in the party is a well-worn political tactic, though Maryland Democrats have generally not spent much time engaging with Harris.

The allegations against Moore - which he has denied - have prompted other Republicans to weigh in.

Unlike other Republicans who tempered their calls for Moore to resign - conditioned on the allegations proving true - Romney said he believes the reported victim, Leigh Corfman, is being truthful and Moore should drop out.

"The same thing happened to President Trump a few weeks before his election past year except it was several women making allegations", said Falwell.

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"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections", Romney wrote on Twitter.

"If it's true, the Republican Party doesn't have any place for pedophiles and he should step down immediately", said Josh Holmes, a McConnell confidant and his former chief of staff. "Steve Bannon is responsible", he added about the McConnell foil and former White House chief strategist, for enabling candidates such as Moore who are out of the GOP mainstream. The Senate seat is now held by Sen.

"I will hold judgment until we know the facts", Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday evening.

In the small eastern Alabama town of Heflin, a handful of people interviewed by the AP indicated they were indifferent to the allegations if not disbelieving of them.

This just points to the moral decay we see in politics today. "And I believe the judge is telling the truth".

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations of sexual contact with a teenager decades ago.

"If you're gonna step aside when you get a allegation you might as well not run because when you run you're gonna get an allegation", Moore declared.

On his Senate campaign website, Moore said he was suspended "for upholding the sanctity of marriage as between one man and one woman".

"It's a bad situation", said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committeeman from neighboring Mississippi. If that happens, McConnell and other Republicans would face the challenge of figuring out which candidate would run in Moore's place - and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge's name on the December 12 ballot.