Majority Republicans doubt Moore’s accusers: some reasons why

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll by CBS News finds that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Roy Moore are false. Of those surveyed, 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the claims against Moore think, “Democrats are behind the charges,” and 88 percent say, “newspapers and the media are behind them.” When reports leave gaps in a story or cite inaccuracies as fact, it’s not surprising that a vast majority of Republicans doubt what they read in the news and hear on television.

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Roy Moore v. Doug Jones: A contrast in candidates

November 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday evening in Montgomery, U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones stepped out of a downtown restaurant, where he was meeting with a group of local educators and lawmakers about “education issues,” to speak with reporters.

It was endearingly uneventful.

There were no threats. No cameramen were shoved. No one screamed at reporters. No one disparaged large groups of Americans. No one poked fun at anyone else. And everyone seemed pleased, if a bit bored, with the entire thing.

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Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon to campaign for Moore next week

November 29, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Breitbart executive chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, long considered one of President Donald Trump’s key allies, will return to Fairhope, Alabama, next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. It’ll be Bannon’s second visit to the state to stump for Moore.

Bannon, since leaving the White House in August, has been mounting a nationwide effort to elect more populists and nationalists. Moore has become one of Bannon’s first projects. In September, Bannon traveled to Fairhope to campaign for Moore during the primary election. Bannon supported Moore over the establishment-embraced Sen. Luther Strange. Bannon’s right-leaning Breitbart news has been staunch in their alignment with Moore.

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An open letter to Alabama’s Christian Community: “You are being played”

November 28, 2017

By Tom Ertl

Dear Alabama Christians,

In my 50 years of following national political races I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one as strange as the current U.S. Senate race in your state.

First, we had the national Republican Party in the September Senate run-off working against the state’s more popular candidate Judge Roy Moore in favor of their establishment candidate, and former D.C. lobbyist, Luther Strange. The D.C. Republicans flooded Strange with money only to see him lose by a significant 9-point margin.

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Court records may point to timeline of Moore’s alleged assault

November 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Washington Post story published November 9 offers a detailed account of Leigh Corfman’s first encounter with then 32-year-old Assistant District Attorney Roy Moore at the Etowah County Court House. The year was 1979, according to The Post, when Corfman accompanied her mother to a child custody hearing. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites say they confirmed the 1979 hearing using divorce records.  Meeting Moore at the Etowah County Court House was also confirmed by Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, now 71, the wife of Dr. Richard Wells. There were at least two custody hearings according to the divorce records one in 1979 another in 1980.

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Moore campaign fires back at Leigh Corfman

November 22, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

As the sexual misconduct allegations continue to swirl around U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, three of his spokesmen came out Tuesday to push back against the women whose accusations have threatened to capsize his campaign, claiming Moore’s first accuser Leigh Corfman had “pre-existing behavioral issues” and that other specific details from Corfman and other accusers just don’t add up.

Moore’s campaign has maintained and said again Tuesday that Moore has never met Corfman and doesn’t know her but Corfman, in an interview Monday, stood by her accusations that Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old, and he was 32, saying, “I wonder how many ‘me’s’ he ‘doesn’t know.'”

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First of Roy Moore’s accusers says she didn’t come forward earlier because of her kids

November 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The first of the now nine women to have made accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore — faced with questions from some over her decision to come forward decades later — made her first appearance in front of television cameras Monday in an interview on NBC’s Today.

Leigh Corfman, who accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32, said she waited to come forward for a variety of reasons, one of them being her young children.

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Alabama Young Republicans pull support from Moore

November 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama is pulling its support of Senate hopeful Roy Moore even as the state party and most of its leadership, including the Governor, are sticking by the embattled candidate.

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama Steering Committee, the executive committee which represents young Republicans ages 18-40, voted Saturday to pull all support from Moore. The group called on him to withdraw unless he can “clearly and convincingly refute the allegations against him.”

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Moore signed divorce order in one of accuser’s divorce cases

November 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore’s attorney Phillip Jauregui and Moore campaign Chairman Bill Armistead provided the media with documents showing that Moore had been Beverly Nelson, one of his accusers, divorce judge.

They also presented evidence that the signature in the yearbook was possibly copied from Moore’s signature in the divorce order.

“As it turns out ,in 1999, Ms. Nelson filed a divorce action against her then-husband, Mr. Harris,” Jaregui said. “Guess who that case was before? It was filed in Etowah County and the judge assigned was Roy S. Moore.”

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Poll: 60 percent of voters nationwide say Moore should withdraw

November 14, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new national tracking poll conducted Nov. 9-11, in the days immediately following accusations of sexual misconduct against US Senate candidate Roy Moore, shows 60 percent of voters nationwide want him to withdraw.

Fifty percent of Republican voters and 56 percent of Independent voters say they think Moore should step aside in Alabama, while 72 percent of Democrats say he should drop out of the race, according to a Morning Consult and Politico poll.

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