Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meanwhile, requested his picture be removed from a fundraising email Moore sent to supporters in response to the Washington Post report, a spokesperson confirmed.
Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who backed Moore’s candidacy, condemned the Washington Post as part of the “opposition party” after it made the allegations public.
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.
Corfman said they did not have sex, and she asked Moore to take her home.
The reality on the ground in Alabama is that Moore could still win the special election race on December 12 over Democrat Doug Jones.
“I wanted it over with – I wanted out”, she told the newspaper.
Some right-wing commentators, without outright denying the allegations, sought to downplay the significance of the story. Roy Moore has been through two campaigns for governor and two for chief justice.
“I’m prepping my candidate for what he is going to say if he is asked”, said one Republican campaign manager for a top 2018 race, who asked to speak anonymously to not draw attention to race.
But multiple officials did defend the alleged behavior. Most recently New Jersey Democrat Harrison Williams left the Senate in 1981 after being convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges during the Abscam scandal. “Zechariah and Elizabeth for instance. They became parents of Jesus”, Ziegler told The Washington Examiner.
“Take Joseph and Mary”.
“Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously ridiculous and blasphemous”, said Ed Stetzer, a pastor and church consultant who chairs the Billy Graham Center of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College. “They became the parents of Jesus”.
Zeigler also questioned the truthfulness of the allegation and noted Moore’s strong denial.
Zeigler said that even if the allegations against Moore are true, it’s “much ado about nothing”.
Further, King said that unless Moore can come out by Saturday to show why his accusers are lying, he should just drop out of the race, and “only he would know” how to do that.
In a statement, Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, called the allegations “deeply disturbing”, and said she would withhold judgment until “we know the facts.” Sen.
Senate Republicans face a dire reality in Alabama following sexual misconduct accusations about Roy Moore, their Senate nominee in Alabama: They want Moore gone from the race but are largely powerless to make that happen. He later attributed the news to “The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lap dogs”.
In November of 2002, U.S. District Court Judge Myron H. Thompson ordered Moore to remove the Ten Commandments monument within 30 days, ruling that its placement violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
After winning his position back in 2012, he was again forced out after defying the US Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage by ordering probate judges not to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In the past, Moore has said that “homosexual conduct” should be illegal and has compared such acts to bestiality. Despite a state law barring candidates from appearing twice on ballots in the same election cycle, Sen.
Mr Moore won the right to represent the Republicans in the Senate election after surviving a bruising primary that divided the party, including Mr Trump and Mr Bannon.