Roy Moore makes first appearance since scandal; gets applause as he denies allegations

Roy Moore makes first appearance since scandal; gets applause as he denies allegations

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United States Senate hopeful Roy Moore made his first public appearance Saturday after allegations broke Thursday the former Alabama Supreme Court Cheif Justice inappropriately touched a then 14-year-old girl several decades ago.

Moore appeared at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club around 8:30 a.m. Saturday as about a dozen protesters gathered outside.

The appearance comes as several Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Moore to step aside in the Alabama Senate race if the four womens’ claims are true. 

A story, first reported in The Washington Post, told the story of four women who said Moore made advances to them when they were teenagers and he was a 32-year-old prosecutor in Etowah County. The youngest woman, Leigh Corfman, was 14 at the time, and said Moore took her to his home and took off her clothes.

U.S. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Steve Daines, R-Montana, canceled their backing of Moore in messages posted on Twitter late Friday afternoon. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the allegations are "too serious to ignore."

"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside," he said on Twitter.

The withdrawn endorsements come hours after the National Republican Senatorial Committee canceled a fundraising agreement with Moore. That deal was struck late last month and, according to Politico, would have allowed Moore to raise $80,500 at a time from individual contributors.

"These allegations are deeply disturbing," Gov. Kay Ivey said. "I will withhold judgment until we get the facts. The people of Alabama deserve to know the truth, and then they’ll make their decisions."

Asked if she thought the word of the women accusing Moore was trustworthy, she responded: "Why wouldn’t it be?"

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November 11, 2017 at 06:42AM