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GOP weighs options for Roy Moore’s Senate run

by Evan Wilt
Posted 11/10/17, 11:07 am

WASHINGTON—Republicans are preparing for worst-case scenarios amid sexual misconduct accusations against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. On Thursday, The Washington Post reported Moore pursued inappropriate relationships with four girls between the ages of 14 and 18 while he was in his early 30s, an accusation Moore denied. Alabama’s special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former U.S. Senate seat is Dec. 12. Moore, Alabama’s former chief justice, is running against Democrat Doug Jones to secure the seat for the GOP, which holds a tenuous 52-48 majority in the Senate. Many Republican leaders suggested Moore should quit if the accusations proved true, including President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. State law requires the final ballot roster be set 74 days before an election, which means Moore’s name cannot be taken off the ballot. Some voters have already submitted absentee ballots. Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who lost to Moore in the GOP primary in September, could launch a write-in campaign but could not run as an independent under Alabama law. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who lost her primary in 2010 but secured reelection as a write-in candidate, told Politico she supported the idea. But so far Moore has expressed no intention of stepping aside. He wrote on Twitter Thursday night the “liberal media lapdogs” launched their most vicious attack against him yet: “We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message,” Moore tweeted. “So rest assured—I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!”


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  • DAW
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 01:36 pm

    Roy Moore has been in the public eye for decades.  Why then for these ladies to bring up these charges?  This does not pass the smell test.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 03:36 pm

    I can think of several reasons why girls, now women, might not come forward in an overtly public way until someone presses them on the questions. It is true that the charges are not proven, but it's also true that Bill Clinton's accusors took a long while to come forward and those charges are not proven, either. Defend Moore on the basis of unproven and late-arriving accusations? Then defend Clinton on the same grounds.

    Moore would do himself, the state of Alabama, and the nation an enormous favor by stepping aside at this point. If he has a reputation to clear honorably, that would better be done while not running for office. Keep in mind that if the Washington Post is making this up, they are leaving themselves exposed to the largest libel suit yet known to mankind.

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    CaptTee
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 09:29 pm

    So, you believe evey candidate who is smeared should drop out of their race? Nonsense!

    The Washington Post doesn't care about losing libel cases long after an election. They care about keeping the Establishment in power and they clearly see Judge Moore as a bigger threat to the Establishment than even Donald Trump!

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 11:16 am

    Alan, are you serious about your comment or are you making a joke? Roy Moore has lived an exemplar life without any such accusations where Bill Clinton has a sordid past with many women accusing him of rape and all kinds of evidence showing that he regularly ran around on his wife. Remember his impeachment? 

    On the other hand, you have Roy Moore who has never been accused of any sexual misconduct over all his life, where these allegations just came up at the perfect time to torpedoe his bid for Senate where the special election is supposed to be on December 12, 2017. I should point out that only one person has accused him of sexual misconduct, and the other three just say he went out with him when they were under 18 which is not against the law and many men have done this including myself when I was younger and not married.

    This smells like the rabid liberals are at their wiles seeking whom they may devour- just like their father the devil. Well this would best describe most of them and we cannot forget their support of abortion, homosexuality, evolution (denial of God's hand in creation), atheism, killing of cops, transgenderism, Multiculturalism (evil distortion of it), hating God's people, teaching the youth evil in public schools, enslaving the poor, and so much more!

  • E Cole
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 11:13 am

    Alan - Kudos for having the courage to make a valid point. 

  • Graced
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 03:58 pm

    Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world (1 Peter 2:12). 

    I don't know what happened. It speaks volumes to me that these women didn't go pitching their story - the media came to them. Does that mean it's a witchhunt? Or does it mean they finally agreed to speak? I don't know. 

    What I do know is that Roy Moore's defenders are making me extremely sick. They aren't defending him in line with 1 Peter 2:12, that his behavior has been consistently honorable and proper. They are defending with various versions of justifying the actions and saying if they are true it doesn't matter. Whatever the situation with Moore, whatever the outcome of the race, I really don't care. What I do care is that some parts of the Republican party have become so focused on winning that they are saying abominable things, even twisting Scripture, just to circle the wagons and defend one of their own rather than letting his character do the talking. Even Moore's own words are more in line with attacking the news industry rather than demonstrating his honorable behavior. 

    I'm watching how the responses line up. I'm watching how Republicans respond to these ridiculous responses, some of which are so vile I won't repeat them here. I don't expect knee-jerk reactions to potentially false allegations, but I do expect them to be automatically disqualifying if proven true, and that should be top-down throughout the party. 

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 03:24 pm

    Graced:

    "I don't know what happened"

    Then exactly why did you write out 1 Peter 2:12?  It seems to me you are assuming that what happened was true. Is this fair?

    "It speaks volumes to me that these women didn't go pitching their story - the media came to them".  

    Yes, this is what the media wants you to believe, but can you believe it?  If you are a discerning reader you will question this given all the lies that the mainstream media (MSM) regularly feeds us. Also, you must remember that the MSM is an arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where time after time we see this true!  By the timing of the article, we know this is a political hit job and so it is written to maximize the number of people who will believe it. You must remember the goal of the article is to get Doug Jones the Democrat elected.

    "What I do know is that Roy Moore's defenders are making me extremely sick. They aren't defending him in line with 1 Peter 2:12, that his behavior has been consistently honorable and proper."

    You are assuming that these accusations are true so it makes you sick that I would defend him. I am challenging you to think critically and not just assume it is true because you read it out of the paper! In fact I challenge you to examine the Psalms and see how many times it mentions the evil setting traps for the godly, telling lies, slandering and making evil charges. Psalm 70:1-3 says, "Hasten, O God, to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me. May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, Aha! Aha!" turn back because of their shame."  The point is that ungodly people will try to bring down the godly, by lies, slander, or whatever means! Roy Moore has a solid record of living the faith so I ask you why you are so willing to believe infidels who have an agenda to bring him down? You say, "Whatever the situation with Moore, whatever the outcome of the race, I really don't care."

    Why don't you care? Don't you care if the evil gain power who seek to promote evil? You baffle me for you claim to be a Christian!

    "What I do care is that some parts of the Republican party have become so focused on winning that they are saying abominable things, even twisting Scripture, just to circle the wagons and defend one of their own rather than letting his character do the talking."

    What exact "abominable" things have been said? Exactly, how have I twisted scripture?  You say, "let his character do the talking" and I say "amen" to that.  He has a lifetime of moral living attested to by many believers and you are all too willing to believe the slander of one women of some event 38 years ago? Why didn't she come forward when he was running for Judge or his many other elections? How do you know for sure if she is not being paid off to make these accusations? It is the modus operandus (MO) of the Democratic Party. Haven't you been watching the news where it recently came out that Hillary Clinton paid a large sum of money with all kinds of false accusations against Trump in the last election?  

    "Even Moore's own words are more in line with attacking the news industry rather than demonstrating his honorable behavior."

    Uh, are you trying to make me laugh? When has the news industry (MSM) shown themselves to be full of integrity? You live in some fantasy world if you think them godly with honorable character! Judge Moore is exactly right to call them out on this!

    Given the small evidence of any wrongdoing provided (one single supposed witness of wrongdoing), the 38 years ago that it supposedly happened, the lack of integrity of the liberals and MSM, the timing of the article, the political climate today, and the many years of honorable and holy living of Roy Moore, the only honorable action of a Christian is to vote FOR Judge Roy Moore.

  • TWH
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 05:02 pm

    The Alabama State Auditor, as quoted in the conservative Washington Examiner:

    “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

    Breathtaking. 

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 10:25 pm

    Ziegler certainly missed the point.  It's more the sexual impropriety than the age difference that is the problem.  The Post reported one incident that actually crossed the line.  But for better or worse, Moore has now taken his stand.  I hope that he is telling the truth, for all of our sakes.

  • Wayne Asbury
    Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 11:45 pm

    Not sure what Zechariah and Elizabeth have to do with this story?  According to Luke 1:7 they were both old which is why John's birth was miraculous.  And the Bible never says Joseph was a lot older than Mary.  That is peoples historical assumptions. I also don't understand why people think bad behavior can be condoned as long as a biblical saint also behaved badly?  Do two wrongs really make something right?  Righteous Abraham fathered a child by a slave woman, but no serious Christian thinks that's OK .  At least not yet any way. But who knows?  With the rapidly changing morality of American Christianity all that sordid stuff may someday be acceptable in the eyes of men.  It's a good thing the mind of God is still eternal and immutable.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 11:30 am

    When I was a child, I was raped by a man who sat in worship service with my family every Sunday. His father was a Ruling Elder and taught the Adult Sunday school class. I still go to that same church. I worship in the place where I was betrayed by people who appeared to the world to be devout Christians. And yes, it took decades before I was strong enough, old enough and brave enough to tell my story. The man who raped me eventually went to prison, because he raped again, but I have lived my whole life with the damage done and the knowledge that the church can hide the worst kinds of evil. When I told my story I had no proof. Most victims have that same problem and they know they will be called liars (and worse) so very often they remain silent. I have never before told my story in a public place, but the fact that so many Christians are eager to defend Roy Moore just breaks my heart becuase you don't know him. Neither do I, but I know that his abiity to quote Scripture doesn't mean he is innocent.  Please, please, please - If your biggest concern is "why now" then your biggest concern is about politics. I have no doubt that the media involvment has political motivation, but that doesn't make the stories being told by 4 women and over 30 witnesses false.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 12:31 pm

    Folks, please read this. This is precisely why you take the accusations against Moore seriously. No, you do not assume his guilt, but you take the accusations seriously. As E Cole suggests here, please have a bigger concern in life than politics.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 09:03 pm

    E Cole, I don't understand why you would lie about their being 30 witnesses! He allegedly went out with four different girls under 18 which is no crime. Only one claimed to have inappropriate sexual contact. There were not 30 people who saw this activity. Something doesn't pass the smell test here!

  • AlanE
    Posted: Sun, 11/12/2017 12:19 am

    Cyborg3, she is not lying. If you had read the article in from the Washington Post you would know what she is referring to. It's probably a good idea to read a little very basic background on the story before calling people liars. It's stuff like this that keeps abused folks in the closet.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sun, 11/12/2017 02:18 am

    AlanE, I did read the article and they interviewed 30 people but they did not witness the supposed sexual misconduct. To imply this as such, is a lie and distortion. We should be very careful when we bring forward accusations against a godly man, especially when the evidence is so flimsy. Again, this is a political hit piece to destroy Judge Roy Moore where there was no real collaborative evidence to support the girl's accusations of inappropriate touching that supposedly happened 38 years ago. 

    I keep hitting the "report" button when I mean to reply. 

  • MTJanet
    Posted: Sun, 11/12/2017 06:50 pm

    What would be accomplished if he is innocent yet steps aside over these accusations?  These are hard times to be running for public office.  

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 01:36 pm

    Cyborg3, let's think hypothetically for a moment.

    We are in an alternate universe.  Everything is exactly the same, except that Roy Moore's policies are leftist, as Dennis Prager uses that term.

    Would you be defending Moore with the same visceral fervor with which you are defending him now?

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 01:43 am

    BB, I make a distinction between a fellow brother in Christ who has lived an exemplar life and a godless leftist who supports abortion, homosexuality, godlessness, evolution, transgenderism, multiculturalism, atheism, killing cops, socialism or communism, enslaving the poor, and so much more evil. If I thought the attack was baseless, then I would not support it and possibly speak up. I say "possibly speak up" because there would be significant more doubt that a godless leftist would NOT do these things!  I am not naive to the fact that Christians can do great evil, but Judge Roy Moore has a solid record of integrity over many years.  We just learned how Hillary bought a hit piece against Trump produced ironically by the Russians that accused Trump of all kinds of perversion, which was false.  This was circulated around the time of the election to bring Trump down.  We have recent evidence to Democrats passing out lies alleging sexual misconduct. Why do I NOT suspect them to make this similar attack now on Judge Roy Moore at the perfect time to bring him down?

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    Hans
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 04:58 am

    In other words, Cyborg would be out for blood if Moore were a "godless leftist" instead of a Republican. I can't say I'm surprised, given the fact that he has been quick to counter even the slightest criticism of Trump from World with cries of "sellout to the godless leftist mainstream media!" But still, it is sad. Discernment is supposed to be a Christian virtue, but it seems that we have replaced it with party loyalty above all else. Such is the price of hyperpartisanship and civil religion.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 01:48 pm

    Cyborg3, in the scenario, Roy Moore's policies are leftist.  His personal reputation remains the same.  Do you defend him?  Or do his policies--which have absolutely nothing to do with his personal reputation--influence how vigorously you defend him?

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 01:29 pm

    Christians who don't see the difference between the left and the Christian Right ARE the problem! When you lump the two together morally, as though they are the same, you are sadly deluded. In other words, to ignore the many years of Godly living by Judge Roy Moore and automatically believe a hack leftist reporter who has a political axe to grind, shows poor judgment.  There are biblical principles we should follow too. As we should not entertain an accusation against an elder in a church unless there are two or three witnesses, so we should not entertain accusations against a godly man who has lived an exemplar Christian life, without  more than one witness.  Also, there is a time element that we must consider. In the Old Testament law a young lady or women was considered a willing participant if they did not cry out immediately  for help when someone attempted to rape them in a town or city. The reason for this was that they did not want a women caught in adultery to claim she was being raped to get out of the punishment. In other words a young lady or women had to immediately speak up when raped or attempted rape and waiting a year would not be considered acceptable.  Although, we don't follow the Old Testament law today, there are principles we can glean from it: a young lady or woman needs to speak up in a timely fashion if they are going to accuse someone of rape or sexual misconduct.  We have statuary limitations today to protect people from unjust charges in similar fashion. The idea of digging up accusations against Judge Roy Moore from 38 years ago by one witness, who was prodded (or paid off) to make these allegations by political hack reporters with an agenda to bring Judge Roy Moore down, should raise red flags if we are biblical.  Why should we automatically assume the charges are true when the man has many people to vouch for his character?  We should realize that leftists lack moral character where without God the ends justify the means.  As we have observed over and over, they are willing to lie, cheat and steal to reach their political objectives (Benghazi, illegal servers used, the Russian narrative, selling out 20% of our Uranium supply in exchange for kickbacks, falsifying Bushes military records, false accusations of sexual mIsconduct (Trump Dossier)  so much more!

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 06:36 pm

    Cyborg3, nobody lumped the two together.  I isolated a variable, to wit:  do your political views influence how willingly you give the accused the benefit of the doubt.  I think we now know the answer.

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