The Washington Post has reported that four women alleged that Roy Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and Moore was an adult man in his thirties. Moore has denied the allegations.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A day after reports surfaced that a then-32-year-old Roy Moore had pursued and initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, the national Republican establishment is taking careful public steps to put distance between themselves and the Alabama U.S. Senate candidate.
In Washington, several senators suggested Moore should withdraw from the race. The National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled out of a fundraising committee, The Washington Post reported, with four weeks of campaigning left to go.
On Friday evening, two Senate Republicans rescinded their endorsements of Moore’s candidacy.
But within state borders, the report was met with a mix of trepidation, skepticism and outright dismissal.
“I got more calls yesterday for Roy Moore signs than I have since the primary,” Calhoun County Republican Party Chairman James Bennett told the Montgomery Advertiser on Friday. “I think they’re (Moore supporters) are very skeptical of the reporting four weeks before the election. They’re going to withhold their judgment, but they’re not going to withhold their vote.”
Bennett said GOP voters in the state are deeply skeptical of “anything they read nowadays.”
“I think it’s going to affect the turnout — I think the turnout is going to be larger for Roy Moore,” Bennett said.
“He’s the only Republican candidate, and we support him,” said a woman who answered a telephone number listed for Judge Jerry Mobley, Winston County Republican Party Chairman. She said Mobley would not comment further.
Moore and his campaign vehemently denied The Washington Post story that alleged Moore initiated sexual contact with 14-year-old Leigh Corfman.
The sexual contact did not include…