GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, stemming from a story published in The Washington Post. The allegations say Moore had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in 1979.
The account comes from Leigh Corfman, now 53, who said she had a sexual encounter with Moore when she was 14 and he was 32. Three other women also accused Moore in the report.
Monday, there are four new developments in the case that warrant reporting.
- Attorney Gloria Allred has announced plans for a press conference on Monday afternoon in New York to introduce another Moore accuser. The new accusation comes from “an Alabama woman who alleges that Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a minor in Alabama,” according to Allred’s statement. “The new accuser wishes to state what she alleges Roy Moore did to her without her consent.” More HERE.
- Alabama’s WBMA local news political reporter Lauren Walsh went into Columbiana, Ala., to speak to voters, asking them how they felt about the Washington Post report. According to Walsh, none of the respondents believed the Post’s reporting. “It’s hard to believe the events that transpired yesterday,” Gordon Fluker answered, his response typical, according to Walsh. “Out of all the voters we spoke with Friday in Columbiana, we didn’t find one voter who believed the Washington Post report about Moore,” she said. More HERE.
- On Sunday, Moore said he planned to sue the Post over the report. At a Christian Citizen Task Force forum, Moore said the newspaper published false allegations, saying the story was “fake news” and “an attempt to divert attention from the true issues facing our country” — “for which they will be sued.” He did not say what type of suit he planned to file, or when it would be filed. More on this HERE.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “I think he should step aside,” in reference to Moore. As Moore continues to be pressured by Republicans to drop out of the Senate race following the allegations, McConnell said, “I believe the women” (see video below). McConnell also said the Party is exploring a write-in bid, saying, “That’s an option we’re looking at, whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in successfully.” Asked if Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), defeated by Moore in the GOP primary runoff, could be that write-in candidate, McConnell responded: “We’ll see.” More HERE.
Moore has denied all the allegations and says the story is politically motivated. He says he will not drop out of the race and, thus, will face off against Democrat candidate Doug Jones on Dec. 12.
— Nick Storm (@NStorm_Politics) November 13, 2017