New sex as­sault al­le­ga­tion hits Moore; he calls it false

Starkville Daily News - - FORUM - By ALAN FRAM and BRUCE SCHREINER As­so­ci­ated Press

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — A sec­ond 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. Moore strongly de­nied it, even as his own party’s lead­ers in­ten­si­fied their ef­forts to push him out of the race.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch 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 con­ceiv­ably swipe.

Moore abruptly called a news con­fer­ence in Gal­lant, Alabama, af­ter a tear­ful Bev­erly Young Nel­son’s de­tailed the new al­le­ga­tions to re­porters in New York.

“I can tell you with­out hes­i­ta­tion this is ab­so­lutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman,” Moore said.

He sig­naled he has no in­ten­tion of end­ing his can­di­dacy, call­ing the lat­est charges a “po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver” and launch­ing a fundrais­ing ap­peal to “God-fear­ing con­ser­va­tives” to counter his aban­don­ment by Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans.

In the lat­est day of jar­ring events, McCon­nell, R-Ky., 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.

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.”

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 and in­jected a new,

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