Roy Moore Wants to Re-elect Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, talks to constituents before a Republican Senate candidate forum, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Pelham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

I have written previously about former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and his 2017 campaign to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, when Senator Sessions resigned to become Attorney General. Mr Moore, encouraged by Steve Bannon, defeated Senator Luther Strange (R-AL), who had been appointed to the seat to serve until the special election could be held.

Revelations that Mr Moore had been ‘dating’ underaged girls when he was in his thirties came out after the primary, too late for the state GOP to dump him, and the revelations cost Mr Moore a Senate seat that he would almost certainly have won otherwise. It also meant that the Senate seat went to Doug Jones, a Democrat, who sides with Senators Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on just about everything.

And now comes the news that Mr Moore wants to keep that Senate seat in Democratic hands:

Roy Moore, who fell short in Senate bid in 2017, says he will run again for Alabama seat

by Colby Itkowitz | June 20, 2019 | 3:22 PM

Roy Moore, the Alabama judge whose Senate bid fell short over allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in the 1970s, announced Thursday he will run again for the seat, ignoring President Trump and top Republicans who argue he can’t win.

“I will run for the U.S. Senate in 2020,” Moore said at an event in Montgomery, Ala., “Can I win? Yes, I can win.”

Moore lost a U.S. Senate seat in the solidly Republican state to Democrat Doug Jones in a 2017 special election to fill the vacancy created when Trump tapped Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.

About a month before that election, The Washington Post published accounts from four women who said Moore pursued them romantically in the 1970s when they were between the ages of 14 and 18. Moore has acknowledged contact with these women, but denies any sexual contact.

Did Mr. Moore, then in his thirties, avoid “sexual contact” with these underaged girls? Well, who knows, maybe he did. But given the results of the special election, it sure seems as though a lot of voters in deep red Alabama didn’t believe him. Personally, I don’t believe him, though I’m not a voter in Alabama.

One young woman, Leigh Corfman, said that she was 14 when Mr Moore, then 32 and an assistant district attorney, approached her, began seeing her, and attempted some form of sexual contact with her.

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.

Is it true? We have no way of knowing, but, unlike the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Mr Moore admitted to dating underaged girls. That lends some credibility to Miss Corfman’s story, though it certainly doesn’t prove it.

There are currently several candidates for the Republican nomination for that seat, “including Rep. Bradley Byrne; Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill; state Rep. Arnold Mooney; and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.” There is speculation that Mr Sessions might seek the seat as well, something which the Richard Shelby, Alabama’s other Senator suggested would “clear the field.”

But if Mr Sessions doesn’t run, in a crowded field Mr Moore might well win the nomination . . . and then lose again to Senator Jones.

Mr Moore is thinking only of himself; he doesn’t care about the people of Alabama or the United States. The last thing the Republican Party needs if for Mr Moore to lose yet again.
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