Roy Moore (age 70) is a Republican candidate for Senator, in a special election on December 12 in Alabama. He is facing allegations of sexual assault on young girls (one was 14) when he was 32. The Washington Post today detailed the testimony of four women; the reporters obtained corroborating information from interviews with 30 people in total, for the four women.
Republican Senators, and President Trump (the pot calling the kettle black a little, but OK), called for him to quit today. It’s too late to lawfully remove Moore from the ballot. ‘He will absolutely not quit the race’, predicts a reporter that knows Alabama politics and has followed Moore’s tarnished career as Chief Justice* for 20 years. So: time will tell what happens. Will even more women come forward? This is now post-Harvey Weinstein, post-Kevin Spacey, and several other public figures that are paying the price for their misconduct of decades ago.
*Moore was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, but was removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments commissioned by him, from the Alabama Judicial Building, despite orders to do so by a federal court. Again elected Chief Justice in 2013 (why, Alabama voters?), he was again suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges to continue to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that this had been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.