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GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations
February 22 2018, 04:22 | Irvin Gilbert
Alabama may elect Moore anyway
Another three women also claim Mr. Moore pursued them as teenagers as well.
None of the women sought out The Post.
Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". It would achieve two goals - distancing themselves from Moore, and (theoretically, at least) opening up the potential for a successful write-in campaign for Luther Strange.
He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama chief justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.
"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", McConnell said in a statement.
Strange, seemingly unsure of what to do, was instructed to vote and leave the chamber as quickly as possible. He was considered a heavy favorite in deeply Republican Alabama in the December 12 special election to fill the seat of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A write-in campaign remains possible, Bennett added.
"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.
"Well, that's getting the cart ahead of the horse".
CNN reported that it had spoken with Corfman's stepfather, who said the family "stands by" what was reported in The Post. "Let me do some more research", he told The Associated Press.
Enough for him to win Alabama's special Senate election next month? Odd filled the seat that was open when Jeff Sessions left to become the attorney general.
Former Gov. Robert Bentley was finally forced to resign after trying to tamp down a sex and ethics scandal.
State Rep. Ed Henry lashed out at Roy Moore's accusers and Republicans who said the U.S. Senate candidate should back out of the special election in an interview Thursday evening with The Times.
"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation - in this case one from many years ago - to destroy a person's life", Sanders said told reporters overseas Air Force One.
"However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", she said, as Trump arrived in Vietnam on his 12-day Asia tour.
"It's a bad situation", said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committeeman from neighboring Mississippi.
The biggest Senate GOP super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, excoriated Moore Thursday, but it had already spent millions attacking the far-right former Supreme Court Justice to prop up unusual in the GOP primary. "He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of", he said.
The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between unusual and Moore, held in late September.
The firebrand conservative was already unpopular with establishment Republicans and President Trump, who largely backed Sen.
Some politicians are casting doubt on the women's stories, while others are expressing dismay - and, in some cases, Republican officials are defending Moore's alleged actions as not problematic at all.
John Skipper, 66, a former chairman of the Mobile County Republican Party, declared the allegations "total contrived media garbage".
"Take Joseph and Mary". Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. "They're blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore", he said. "I think it's sinister".
Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, tweeted on Friday: "Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections".
"I just want to get a clear answer here, so you're saying 'yes, ' you would think that is disqualifying?" Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who leads the Senate Democratic campaign arm.
For Democrats, the prospect of a wounded Moore was a gift. "I don't know what he's going to do, but we'll see what develops". "So I just wonder if it's, you know, maybe these are just the times we are in right now".
Corfman told the Washington Post on Thursday that a 32-year-old Moore gave her alcohol, took off her clothes and molested her when she was 14 years old in 1979. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes. At one point he allegedly drove her to his home where he touched her over her underwear and guided her hand to touch him over his.
Several senior Republicans called on Moore to quit the race after The Washington Post reported allegations of sexual misconduct. Alabama's age of consent was and is 16. He has condemned homosexuality and said he believes some United States communities are living under Islamic religious law. "According to The Washington Post account he never had sexual intercourse with any of them".