Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s Senate campaign is in hot water now that five women have come forward to reveal Moore’s sexual misconduct towards them when they were teenagers and he in his 30’s, and the cracks are starting to show.
Before the Washington Post story detailing Moore’s repeated sexual contact with teenage girls broke, he enjoyed a double-digit lead in the polls over his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones. Now, polls show Moore either trailing Jones or in a dead heat with him.
Moore has denied the allegations and called “fake news” and a political attack by liberals to sink his campaign — despite his habit of pursuing teenage girls seeming to be quite well-known among the Alabama legal community and in his hometown of Gadsden.
Beverly Young Nelson, represented by Gloria Allred became the fifth woman to go public about her sexual assault at age 16 at the hands of Moore on Monday, showing that Moore had signed her yearbook with a very suggestive tone. Allred said Nelson had told her husband about the assault before they were even married and was prepared to testify on the incident under oath.
Speaking with the media on Monday night, Moore denied knowing Nelson and said her account was “absolutely false.”
“Beverly Young Nelson says she’ll testify under oath. Will you do the same?” ABC33/40’s Lauren Walsh asked.
He walked away without saying a word.
— Lauren Walsh (@LaurenWalshTV) November 14, 2017
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has withdrawn its funding for Moore’s campaign in light of the allegations and top Republican Senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called for Moore withdraw from the Senate race. The special election is next month.