New sex as­sault al­le­ga­tion hits Moore

McCon­nell and oth­ers boost ef­forts to oust him from Se­nate race

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

— Yet an­other woman emerged Mon­day to ac­cuse Roy Moore of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her as a teenager in the late 1970s, this time in a locked car, fur­ther roil­ing the Alabama Repub­li­can’s can­di­dacy for an open Se­nate seat. Lead­ers of Moore’s own party in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts to push him out of the race.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s al­le­ga­tions at a New York news con­fer­ence, Moore’s cam­paign ridiculed her at­tor­ney, Glo­ria Allred, be­fore­hand as “a sen­sa­tion­al­ist lead­ing a witch hunt.” The cam­paign said Moore was in­no­cent and “has never had any sex­ual mis­con­duct with any­one.” He in­sisted he was in the race to stay. Se­nate Repub­li­can leader Mitch McCon­nell and Moore es­sen­tially de­clared open war on each other. McCon­nell said the for­mer judge should quit the race over a se­ries of re­cent al­le­ga­tions of past im­proper re­la­tion­ships with teenage girls. No, said Moore, the Ken­tucky sen­a­tor is the one who should get out.

Sen. Cory Gard­ner of Colorado, who heads the Se­nate GOP’s cam­paign or­ga­ni­za­tion, said not only should Moore step aside but if he should win, “the Se­nate should vote to ex­pel him be­cause he does not meet the eth­i­cal and moral re­quire­ments of the United States Se­nate.”

McCon­nell took a re­mark­ably per­sonal swipe at his party’s can­di­date for a Se­nate seat the GOP can­not af­ford to lose.

“I be­lieve the women,” he said, mark­ing an in­ten­si­fied ef­fort by lead­ers to ditch Moore be­fore a Dec. 12 special elec­tion that has swung from an as­sured GOP vic­tory to one that Democrats could win.

Moore, an out­spo­ken Chris­tian con­ser­va­tive and for­mer state Supreme Court judge, fired back at McCon­nell on Twit­ter.

“The per­son who should step aside is @Se­nateMa­jLdr Mitch McCon­nell. He has failed con­ser­va­tives and must be re­placed. #DrainTheSwamp,” Moore wrote.

Nel­son’s news con­fer­ence came af­ter that ex­change.

She said Moore was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer at the res­tau­rant where she worked af­ter school in Gads­den, Ala.

One night when she was 16, Moore of­fered to drive her home, she said, but in­stead parked the car be­hind the res­tau­rant and touched her breasts and locked the door to keep her inside. She said he squeezed her neck while try­ing to push her head to­ward his crotch and tried to pull her shirt off.

Moore fi­nally stopped and as she got out of the car, he warned her no one would be­lieve her be­cause he was a county pros­e­cu­tor, Nel­son said. She said she quit her job the next day.

McCon­nell, speak­ing Mon­day at an event in Louisville, Ky., said Moore “should step aside” and ac­knowl­edged that a write-in ef­fort by an­other can­di­date was pos­si­ble. He said, “We’ll see,” when asked if the Repub­li­can al­ter­na­tive could be Sen. Luther Strange, whom Moore ousted in a Septem­ber party pri­mary.


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