Shifting tactics in Alabama Senate race, Democrat Doug Jones hammers Roy Moore over allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenagers
Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee in the Alabama Senate election, on Tuesday launched his most sustained attack yet on his Republican challenger, Roy Moore.
In a speech in Birmingham a week before the vote, Jones hammered Moore, who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenaged girls.
” Men who hurt little girls should go to jail , not the US Senate ,” Jones said.
Several hours after Jones’s speech, Republican senator Jeff Flake made a $100 gift to the Democrat’s campaign. Flake, a conservative “Never Trump” Republican from Arizona, wrote” country over party” on the check.
The Alabama race has been roiled by accusations from women who say Moore behaved inappropriately with them when they were teens and he was a prosecutor in his 30 s.
Two females have claimed Moore sexually assaulted them. Others have said he dated or tried to date them. The Republican nominee has denied all the allegations and pointed to a conspiracy involving” lesbians, lesbians, bisexuals and socialists “.
Attacking Moore, Jones contrasted the firebrand conservative judge to the state’s former governor, Robert Bentley, who resigned amid a sexuality scandal in April.
” We didn’t look away with Robert Bentley when his conduct involved consenting adults and we cannot look away now that it involves children ,” Jones said.
Moore has twice been forced to step down as chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, for eluding federal court orders. Jones set up his Republican opponent as a figure of mockery.
” Roy Moore has never, ever served our nation with honor ,” he said.” He was already an shame before nine courageous females chose to share their tales .”
He also attacked Moore for his position at a not-for-profit organization called the Foundation for Moral Law , which paid the Republican about$ 1m over a five-year period.
” I have never lived off of gifts from a so-called charitable foundation ,” Jones said.
The Democrat even taunted Moore for pulling a small pistol on stage at a campaign rally in September.” When you find me with a handgun, I’ll be climbing in and out of a deer blind ,” he said,” not prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit .”
The speech marked a shift in tactics from Jones. From being cautious in blaming Moore over the accusations of sexual misconduct, his campaign are growing increasingly vocal and aggressive.
At the White House on Tuesday, Trump talked to reporters about the race.” We don’t want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama ,” he said.” We want to have the things we represent .”
Press secretary Sarah Sanders also defended the endorsement, saying Trump
” would rather have a person that supports his agenda versus someone who opposes his agenda every step of the style, and until the rest of that process plays out, you have a selection between two someones, and the president’s chosen to support Moore “.
She added:” The accusations are concerning and, if true, he should step aside, but we don’t have a way to validate that and that’s something for the people of Alabama to decide .”
CNN journalist Jim Acosta challenged Sanders , mention:” This is somebody who’s been accused of child abuse, of molesting children. How can that vote in the Senate be that important that you would take a gamble on somebody who’s been accused of molesting children, of harming somebody who is under age? Has he wrestled with that question?
The press secretary answered:” As I’ve said, we find the allegations very troubling and again this is up to the people of Alabama to construct that decision. I’m not a voter in Alabama; I can’t induce that decision .”
According to the realclearpolitics.com polling average, Moore has a 1.5 -point lead.
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