Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Republican Candidate for the US Senate from Alabama, has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with an underage girl.
The Washington Post reports this afternoon that Moore’s chief accuser was 14-years old at the time.
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
If the allegations are true, Moore’s definition of “take care of” is different than that of most folks.
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Sad. Up to now it had been such a GOOD week for Republicans. </sarcasm>
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.
Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.
If the allegations are true… A 14-YEAR OLD SANTA’S HELPER???
For his part, the nutty old judge says the allegations are false and politically motivated. Steven K. Bannon’s Breitbart.com alleges that Jeff Bezos — the founder of Amazon.com and owner of the Post — is making stuff up because his paper endorsed Moore’s opponent.
Moore and his campaign denied all of the allegations in a statement to The Washington Post. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said.
The special election to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions’ selection as Attorney General will be December 12. If you happen to hear a splashing sound, that’s the result of numerous Republicans abandoning the Roy Moore sinking ship, leaving multiple rat-shaped holes in the roiling seas.
According to Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the party’s nominee for Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, to withdraw from the race if a new report that he pursued teenage girls in his 30’s is true.
“It’s a nasty story, I don’t know anything about it,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Asked if Moore should withdraw, Shelby said, “Let’s see how the story runs.”
Pressed further on the issue, Shelby said, “I supported Sen. Strange, you all know that.” He was referring to Sen. Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in a Republican primary.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said “if there’s a shred of truth to it then he needs to step aside.”
Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski in the Post’s Roy Moore bombshell story: “I’m horrified and if this is true he needs to step down immediately.”
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) November 9, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake says “of course” he’s concerned about the Roy Moore story in WaPo. Asked if Moore should withdraw, Flake said: “if these prove true, yes.”
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 9, 2017
NEW: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and NRSC Chair Cory Gardner release statements on allegations against Roy Moore: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.” pic.twitter.com/8EdCXINT8l
— ABC News (@ABC) November 9, 2017
It’s not clear what would happen if Moore were to step aside (an unlikely option, given the fact that he’s been forcibly removed from office twice for taking stands against the law).
Alabama elex spox John Bennett just told me that if the GOP withdraws their nomination of Moore, and notifies their office, he will remain on ballot but even if he gets most votes, won’t be certified as winner b/c party has withdrawn nomination.
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) November 9, 2017
And just when things were going so WELL for the GOP.