Senate candidate faces sexual misconduct allegations

A total of nine women accused Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore of making inappropriate sexual advances toward them decades ago.

“The Washington Post” reported Nov. 9 four women came forward to allege Moore sexually assaulted them. Three of the four women were high-school students at the time of the alleged assault, while Moore would have been in his 30s.

Since the story broke, five more women made similar allegations against Moore.

The women accuse Moore of making several unwanted phone calls in an attempt to solicit a romantic relationship, as well as inappropriately touching and kissing them.

Moore’s campaign denied the accusations in an official statement to “The Washington Post.”

“If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you,” the statement said. “If you are a conservative and love Judge Moore, you know these allegations are a political farce.”

Many prominent figures from both sides of the political spectrum publicly denounced Moore, including Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and current House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

Both McConnell and Ryan openly stated they believe Moore should step down from his candidacy.

Graduate student Emily Malone said it is too soon to draw any conclusions.

“The law says that you are innocent until proven guilty, and I am a very big proponent of that,” she said. “I’m still going to vote for (Roy Moore), and I would encourage anybody who was going to vote for him to go ahead and vote for him because these allegations have not been proven to be true.”

Several Republican organizations also pulled their support for Moore’s Senate candidacy, including the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Graduate student Todd Erickson said he agrees with this decision.

“I think that if you have several allegations against you, you should not be allowed to run for a political office,” he said.

Democrat Doug Jones took the lead over Moore in the bid for the open Alabama Senate seat by a margin of eight points, according to a Fox News poll released Nov. 16.

A special election for the seat is set to take place Dec. 12. Acting Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated the seat earlier this year.

Despite these allegations, and the shrinking support from his own party, Moore made it clear he has no plans to withdraw from the race.

Kayla Moore, Roy Moore’s wife, confirmed this in a statement she issued Nov. 17.

“After all the attacks against me, against my family, against the Foundation and against my husband, he will not step down,” she said.