In major speech, Doug Jones portrays election as referendum on decency
In a major speech Tuesday a week before Election Day, Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones implored Alabama voters to look beyond political party when casting their ballots and to make the election a referendum on Roy Moore’s character.
“We need to look at this as parents, not voters. Will we tell our daughters that if you are abused and if you speak out, you will be believed, and Alabama will stand with you regardless of when you come forward?” Jones said in a speech live streamed on his Facebook page. “Or will we tell our young sons this behavior, this disturbing behavior is O.K.? If you’re powerful enough or important enough, Alabama will simply look the other way.”
Jones was referring to the allegations that have plagued Moore since November, when nine women came forward to claim that Moore either engaged in sexual misconduct or dates them when they were teenagers in the 1970s.
In his speech, Jones pointed out that former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was forced to resign earlier this year on charges stemming from an alleged affair with his senior political advisor.
“We didn’t look the other way with Robert Bentley when his conduct involved consenting adults, and we cannot do it now when it involved children, no matter how long ago it might have occurred,” Jones said. “We need to look at this [election] as parents, as grandparents, and not through the jaded lens of politics. This is about decency and not a political party, and anyone who thinks otherwise should be ashamed. It is about the people of Alabama, the people of Alabama who will hold Roy Moore accountable.”
Moore has denied the allegations, arguing the claims are politically motivated.
Jones tried to make the case that next week’s election also has economic implications, pointing out that Toyota and Mazda are considering building a $1.6 billion plant in the state that would result in creating 4,000 jobs. But he warned that Alabama could be out of contention if Moore is elected.
“A serious question that you have to ask yourself is this: Does the idea of Sen. Roy Moore make it more or less likely that Toyota or anyone else would see Alabama’s image in such a negative way that they would cross Alabama off their list and move on to another state,” Jones said. “I fully understand that for many, many people in this state that the answer to that question … may be hard to accept. But If we are honest with ourselves … we all know the answer: Roy Moore in the United States Senate would be a disaster for business in Alabama.”
Jones portrayed Moore as an “embarrassment” to the state — a reputation Jones claimed Moore earned before the women’s allegations first surfaced last month, referring to Moore being twice removed from the bench of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Turning back to the women’s claims, Jones said he believes their allegations.
“By any objective standard… It is crystal clear that these women are telling the truth and Roy Moore is not,” he said. “I believe these women and so should you.”
Jones contrasted his record with Moore’s, saying he has “never been fired from a job I’ve held.”
The Democratic Senate candidate also said he has been mischaracterized by Moore and his supporters — which include President Donald Trump — as being against the Second Amendment. He then took a shot at Moore.
“When you see me with a gun, folks, I’ll be climbing in and out of a deer stand or a turkey blind, not prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit,” Jones said, a reference to Moore’s victory speech in the Republican primary, when Moore pulled out a pistol to show that he defends the Second Amendment.
A vote for Moore, Jones argued, would continue Alabama’s recent trend of backing disgraced politicians.
“Alabama has been embarassed long enough by political leaders who have not been leaders at all,” Jones said.
via Real-Time News from AL.com http://bit.ly/2zzWl2c
December 5, 2017 at 11:38AM