GOP Senate Candidate Accused of Molestation; Defended with Biblical Tale

In a statement released Friday, Moore says he never provided alcohol to minors and "never engaged in sexual misconduct".

An explosive Washington Post report Thursday based on interviews with more than 30 people detailed allegations that the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama pursued sexual relationships with several women when they were between 14 and 18 years old and he was in his 30s, including alleged sexual contact with the 14-year-old. The younger Moore also said "he's very concerned about what the impact is going to be on their 91-year-old mother, hearing all of this, they worry about her age and health", Savidge said.

The Republican National Committee continues to be a part of the joint fundraising agreement with Moore's campaign and the Alabama Republican Party.

In Washington, Republican senators responded to the report with shock and dismay, telling reporters that if the claims were true, Moore should exit the race immediately.

Not long ago Steve Bannon accused "a corrupt and incompetent Republican establishment" of waging a "politics of personal destruction" against Judge Roy Moore during the Alabama GOP Senatorial primary.

"(Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (Arizona Sen.) John McCain, what they said about Moore ending his campaign just really gets to me. "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", Ed Stetzer, a pastor and church consultant who holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College in IL, told The Washington Post.

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Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle". By Friday morning, Moore's allies were defending him and throwing doubt on his accusers, framing the story as a typical clash between conservatives and an untrustworthy media.

Despite such support, experienced Republican operatives believe the Alabama Senate seat, held by the GOP for the last 20 years, is now at risk. (The seat is now filled by Luther Strange, who was appointed interim senator after Jeff Sessions was picked to be President Trump's attorney general.) Seven senators sit in the immediate vicinity, either in front, behind, or directly next to the seat. "If he can't disprove the charges in a brief period of time, then he should step aside". This week he went after the transgender community saying during a press conference "The transgenders don't have rights".

In fact, it's too bad they didn't come up many years ago and spared us Roy Moore's legal and political career. And Bannon is still backing him, a source close to the former White House chief strategist told NBC News. In addition, Zeigler said that even if the allegation was true, it did not involve sexual intercourse. Now, on the heels of that fight will be the Alabama special election on December 12 and the possibility of a Jones win.

"He dated her. He married her, and they've been married about 35 years".

Doster, the adviser to Moore, said the candidate's campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, had talked to members of Alabama's congressional delegation after the news broke. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who leads the Senate Democratic campaign arm. He was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because of his efforts to block marriage equality in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

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