Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cornyn and Cruz under pressure over allegations in Alabama Senate race

Cornyn and Cruz under pressure over allegations in Alabama Senate race

The article in Thursday's Washington Post contains allegations from a woman who said Moore kissed her and touched her while she was in her underwear in 1979.

Senator Jeff Cornyn called the allegations "deeply disturbing and troubling" Thursday, but that it was up to the government and people of Alabama to decide whether he should be senator.

Backed by Breitbart News's chairman (and former presidential adviser) Steve Bannon, Moore won the Republican primary to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Price.

The campaign says, "Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today's Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake".

Moore is running in a December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor, to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who was appointed attorney general by President Donald Trump.

During a second visit, she said Moore took off his shirt and trousers and removed her clothes.

Moore's campaign later released a separate statement calling the article "yet another baseless political attack by the Washington Post".

Moore came under fire for his extremely conservative positions and statements made over the years, including a 2006 suggestion that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, shouldn't be seated because "Islamic law is simply incompatible with our law", and his contention that homosexuality should be illegal. Corfman told the Post "she began to feel she had done something wrong". Moore offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

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She remembers thinking, "I don't want to do this" and "I need to get out of here".

Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post she has voted for Republicans in the last three presidential elections, including Donald Trump in 2016.

It's too late for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's name to be removed from the ballot, even if he wants to drop out. After phone calls and meetings, he drove her to his home some days later and kissed her, the Post quotes Corfman as saying. Luther Strange (R., Ala.), who lost in the primary to Moore, would be an eligible write-in candidate, said John Bennett, an official at the Alabama Secretary of State's office.

Reaction after the Post story was published online was swift and severe. The first time, he had flouted a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse.

Roy Moore, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, said during a debate on September 21 that "crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land". The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16 years of age, and sexual contact between someone who is 19 years of age or older and a person who is 12 to 16 years of age is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year.

The Moore campaign dismissed the report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation".

Asked whether Moore should represent his state, Alabama's senior senator, Richard Shelby, replied: "I supported Senator Strange - you all know that". In fact, just two days ago, the Foundation for Moral Law sent a retraction demand to the Post for the false stories they wrote about the Judge's work and compensation.

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