Voters react to Judge Roy Moore allegations
Nearly a month before the December 12th special senate election, Republican nominee Judge Roy Moore, is entrenched in scandal. A Gadsden woman, Leigh Corfman, claims she had a sexual encounter with Moore decades ago, when she was 14 and he was 32. Moore's campaign is denying those accusations, which come just two days after democratic candidates sweep major elections across the country. Moore himself is facing a tough battle against democrat "Doug Jones" for senate.
Moore fired a round a tweets today, after the Washington Post article, which also reports three other women claim to have been pursued by Moore decades ago when they were teenagers as well, and Moore was more than 30 years old. Moore says the claims are completely false, and calls the whole thing a ploy by the Washington Post to sabotage the controversial conservative candidate's chance of winning the special election.
In a series of tweets today, Moore stated: "We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message. I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values!"
While Moore's tweets sparked a storm of polar responses, voters I spoke with today see the accusations as a line in the sand.
"No! No!" scoffs an incredulous Emily Edmundson, a voter who says she can overlook many indiscretions. But, sexual misconduct is not one of them. "If that person can't make that kind of decision ethically in that moment, then why would you want to trust them with your politics?"
History professor, Matthew Levey, says "I think it just adds another layer to my belief that he is unfit for any public political responsibility. Particularly in the judiciary."
Likewise, many republican congressional leaders are calling the accusations disturbing. Majority leader Mitch McConnell says, If they are true, he (Moore) must step aside."
Those sentiments are echoed by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.
To be clear, there are plenty of people on social media defending Moore. As for the election, it is too late for Moore's name to be removed from the ballot. Even if he chose to drop out. That's according to John Bennett, a spokesperson with the Alabama Secretary of State.