Roy Moore campaign says Highway 31 ad on Gadsden Mall ‘patently false’
Roy Moore’s campaign calls an ad run by a political action committee opposing him “patently false” and issued cease and desist letters demanding that TV stations stop running it.
The PAC, called Highway 31, was formed to support the candidacy of Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones.
The ad says, “Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall … for soliciting sex from young girls.”
The Moore campaign has previously disputed allegations against him, including reports that Moore was banned from the mall. The Moore campaign says the statement in the Highway 31 ad about “soliciting sex” is a new false allegation.
“Furthermore the truth is that Moore never solicited sex from young girls at the Gadsden Mall and no such false allegation has been alleged by anyone,” the Moore campaign said today in a press release.
Seven women have said Moore asked them out, had encounters with them or dated them when they were teens and he was in his early 30s, including three who said they met Moore when they were at the mall. One woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post that Moore undressed her at his house when she was 14 after meeting her at the Etowah County Courthouse. Another woman, Beverly Nelson Young, said at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Moore assaulted her in his car outside the Gadsden restaurant where she worked when she was 16.
Moore has denied the allegations.
Adam Muhlendorf, a spokesman for Highway 31, issued this statement when asked about the Moore campaign’s objections to the ad, which said, in part: “Like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Richard Shelby, we believe these women.”
Muhlendorf did not directly answer when asked the basis of the ad’s claim that Moore “solicited sex from young girls at the mall.”
Sessions has said he had no reason to doubt Moore’s accusers. Shelby said Moore should seriously consider dropping out of the race and said he wrote in the name of another Republican when he cast his absentee ballot in the race.
Sebastian Kitchen, a spokesman for the Jones campaign, said the campaign has nothing to do with ads from outside groups.
AL.com has not reported that Moore was banned from the Gadsden mall.
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December 6, 2017 at 11:18AM