Doug Jones addresses Gov. Ivey, Roy Moore allegations at Ensley campaign rally (Real-Time News from AL.com)

Doug Jones addresses Gov. Ivey, Roy Moore allegations at Ensley campaign rally

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones on Saturday said he’s disappointed Gov. Kay Ivey still plans to vote for his opponent Roy Moore.

“I think it is very disappointing that someone puts partisan politics over the good of the state,” Jones said to a group of reporters following a campaign event in Ensley.

On Friday, Ivey told reporters that she plans to vote for Moore in the Dec. 12 election despite allegations of Moore’s sexual encounters with teenage girls about 40 years ago, which Moore has adamantly denied.

Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin gave his endorsement to Jones at a fish fry held at the Ensley Park Recreation Center.

Woodfin said Jones has a servant’s heart. He will fight for the issues that matter to Birmingham and Jefferson County residents. 

“We need Doug Jones in D.C. fighting for us,” he said. “We need Doug Jones in D.C. advocating for us. We need Doug Jones in D.C. … representing us.”

Jones said his message has always been the same no matter what city or community he is visiting. On Saturday, he spoke about healthcare, about making sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid.

“The differences between me and Roy Moore could not be greater,” he said, “and that is because I am not someone who wants to divide the state. I am someone who wants to unify the state.”

Jones said he will make sure the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Medicaid is funded.

Addressing Moore with reporters, Jones said he thought Moore should be disqualified from the Senate race even before the allegations of sexual misconduct.  He said Moore should have been disqualified from politics after being removed from office twice for breaking the law.

“I find the credibility of the women of Etowah County who have come forward is far greater than the denials of Roy Moore and his fellow supporters and his handlers,” Jones said. 

Roy Moore’s campaign is calling Jones “flaming” and “liberal.”

On Saturday, Jones responded saying he is “pretty mainstream” because of his positions on healthcare and jobs and his support from the business community. 

Click here to read AL.com’s coverage of Roy Moore.

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November 18, 2017 at 12:10PM