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Roy Moore campaign denies newest charges

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore denied the newest accusations levied against him,

“I want to make it perfectly clear, the people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I have stood for in the political world for over 40 years,” Moore said in a press conference in Gadsden. “I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her. I don’t even know where the restaurant is or was.”

The newest complainant against Moore is Beverly Young Nelson.  She is represented by attorney Gloria Allred.

The chairman of the  Moore’s Campaign Bill Armistead called Allred a sensationalist leading a witch hunt.

“Gloria Allred is a sensationalist leading a witch hunt, and she is only around to create a spectacle,” Armistead said. “Allred was the attorney who claims credit for giving us Roe v. Wade which has resulted in the murder of tens of millions of unborn babies.”

“We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone,” Armistead said. “This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.  Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated.”

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Monday was a tough day for the Moore campaign.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called for Moore to stand aside an leave the Senate race, even though it is too late for the Republican Party to replace Moore on the ballot even for the Dec. 12, 2017, race even if he did step down.  McConnell said that he believes the accusers stories and that Moore should step aside immediately.  Some senators suggested the if Moore wins he should be expelled from the Senate for the allegations.

Also on Monday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that the Alabama Republican Party could de-certify Moore as their candidate.  Since Moore is the Republican nominee on the ballot, if the Republican Party decertifies Moore, and Moore still wins, then the Secretary of State would declare the election null and void.  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey would then appoint a new senator or Sen. Luther Strange could simply stay on if  he is still in office.

The special election between Moore and Clinton era-U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in on Dec. 12.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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