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Kansas senators say Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations are true

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U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, of Kansas, both Republicans, are saying that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, of Alabama, should step aside if allegations of sexual misconduct against him are true.

Both Kansas senators issued statements Friday after the Washington Post published explosive allegations that Moore, Alabama's former controversial Supreme Court chief justice, had sexual contact with at least four women when they were teenagers, including one who was 14 at the time, and he was in his 30s.

"If the allegations are true, Senator Roberts would urge Roy Moore to step aside," Sarah Little, Roberts' spokeswoman said in an email to the Journal-World.

“If there is any truth to these allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside,” Moran said in a separate email.

Moore is running in a special election in Alabama to fill a Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He has vehemently denied the allegations. The election is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during speaks during his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during speaks during his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The seat is temporarily being held by Sen. Luther Strange, whom Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed until a special election could be held. Strange lost the GOP primary to Moore in September.

The accusations could not have come at a worse time for Senate Republicans who had hoped to dominate the news cycle Thursday with the unveiling of their own tax overhaul proposal. Both Roberts and Moran had issued news releases earlier in the day touting the tax plan. Roberts serves on the Finance Committee that will begin working the bill Monday.

Republicans currently hold a 52-48 majority over Democrats and Independents in the Senate, and divisions within the caucus have already shown they can have a difficult time passing major legislation such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In another controversial measure, Vice President Mike Pence had to cast the deciding vote to pass a bill taking away consumer rights to join class action lawsuits against financial institutions.

If Republicans were to lose the Alabama race — something that was all but unthinkable just a few days ago — that would leave the GOP with only a 51-49 majority, and virtually no margin for error.

The allegations against Moore are just the latest in a long series of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men in business, entertainment and government. In fact, at virtually the same time the Washington Post was releasing its story about Moore, the New York Times published a story on its website detailing sexual misconduct allegations against comedian Louis C.K.

There have also been recent allegations of widespread sexual harassment against female legislative staff and interns in the Kansas Statehouse.

Comments

Deborah Snyder 1 month ago

Well, since the women's (four, I think) statements have been cross-checked for veracity, it would apoear Moore couldn't keep his pants zipped when he was a prosecuting attorney. Perhaps that explains his extreme conservative faith ... he decided he was forgiven, not by any of the women or child he molested, but by his religious beliefs.

Wow, dude. You absolutely did these crimes, and you need to face these women and explain to them why you don't owe them contrition.

As for all the Republican congressmen, have the guts to actually practice what you preach. Condemn this man, and stand up for sexually abused people , most especially abused children!

Renee Holl 1 month ago

I agree. Stop saying "IF" these allegations are true. They are verified and provide no gain for the women involved. Do not let Roy Moore get away with this behavior. Set the tone for men everywhere and stand up for what it right!

Richard Aronoff 1 month ago

I think Roy Moore is an ass. However, there are some troubling things about these allegations.

The information surfaces after 38 years shortly before a special election. The alleged victims didn't come forward -- they were found by Washington Post reporters looking for a story. The reporters managed to find a person who was 14 years old at the time in a state that has no statute of limitations when the victim is under 16 years of age. It has been reported and verified that one of the older accusers worked for the Clinton campaign as an ASL interpreter.

The problem is it's all too easy. For instance, consider this hypothetical: A regular contributor to this space -- a retired teacher -- decides to run for office. The opposition produces a former male student who claims that the candidate molested him 30 years ago. IT NEVER HAPPENED. But how does the former teacher prove it never happened?

So you see, it's all well and good until it happens to you and you are put in the impossible position of having to prove a negative.

Since there is no statute of limitations in this case, Moore should demand to be charged in a court of law. Then the accusers would be exposed to cross examination. This didn't happen on a college campus. The "Dear Colleague" letter doesn't apply.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

And the woman that she found is a devout Republican, so she has no reason to lie. And did you ever think that more women finding their bravery to speak out about the past? Be prepared. Any man out there who has sexually harassed anyone is probably shaking in their boots.

Brock Masters 1 month ago

Ha that is rich. Dorothy saying Republicans don’t lie.

Brock Masters 1 month ago

Exactly how have these allegations been verified? They haven’t and only one allegation is a crime.

There is more coming out about the accusers and their possible motivation. Remember everyone was ready to hand the Duke lacrosse team members before it came out that their accuser lied.

Do we really want to set the standard for punishment being an allegation? Is that the new standard? No more innocent until proven guilty, just an allegation is enough to punish someone?

Brock Masters 1 month ago

And is your outrage of an older man dating a young woman over the age of consent universal or selective?

Steve Hicks 1 month ago

Some folksy wisdom from another Alabama Republican earlier this year seems applicable in Moore's case.

The former governor of Alabama, like Moore belligerently "Christian conservative" in his political stands, was forced to resign in April for sexual misconduct, and misappropriating campaign-funds for a cover-up. A long-time Republican state legislator observed at the time, "when you ride a white horse, you have to stay out of the mud."

And maybe, stop claiming it was other people who muddied-up your horse.

Evan Taylor 1 month ago

Anyone else love the irony of the GOP calling HRC a pedophile last year because of Pizzagate, but defending Moore in spite of this set of allegations? Not that I’m saying anything about their veracity or lack thereof, just that the cognitive dissonance is incredible.

Daniel Kennamore 1 month ago

I see the typical 'GOP can do no wrong but look at Hillary!' crowd is out in full force.

Funniest part of my day watching them desperately try to spin that their party is pro-pedophiles now.

Richard Aronoff 1 month ago

Since some you couldn't resist equating the alleged conduct with Republicans, can we talk about the fact that all of the names cascading out of the Weinstein situation are all liberal democrats -- including my favorite: an NPR executive?

I love the fact that when it suits your politics, you're willing to throw the presumption of innocence out the window. And "innocent until proven guilty" means in a court of law -- not the court of public opinion.

Daniel Kennamore 1 month ago

And they are all being denounced, fired and even legally prosecuted.

When a liberal gets caught their career is over.

When a Republican get's caught it causes their poll numbers improve.

Keep trying to spin this so you can still find a way to support a raper of children though. Only further proves what the majority knows about you people.

Steve Hicks 1 month ago

You're absolutely right, Richard. It's incredibly stupid, and incredibly false, to base one's opinion of criminal behavior on politics. Politics is not a moral criteria...and often, is the exact opposite.

So if you believe that's a stupid and false way to view moral offenses, why do you opine that "all of the names cascading out of the Weinstein situation are all liberal democrats..." And doesn't claiming your assertion is a "fact" raise further questions of truthfulness, and your ability to perceive truth ?

But Moore's politics are relevant in his case. He, like many "Republicans," has equated his politics with Christian morality (which includes a stricture against pedophilia)...has made his political career on grandstanding "Christian" causes...and claims allegations of his immorality are all actually political.

Mr. Moore himself made his politics relevant to any discussion of his morals.

His admirers too seem to consider his politics relevant, when they defend him BECAUSE of his politics. And that seems to be where his defenders on this thread are coming from.

The problem is that defending hypocrisy tends to make a person hypocritical. Roy Moore, and anyone who defends him because of his politics, might do well to think about that.

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

99% of republican voters have been getting duped by extreme conservatives they have been voting into office. These extreme conservatives are not fiscal conservatives nor fiscally responsible. They are NOT Republican such as the entire Washington D.C. delegation representing Kansas.

They are narrowed minded conservatives who spend big to win elections .... elections that have been leaving 99% of republicans with fewer rights and less money in their bank accounts.

Like it or not we old school republicans need to stop voting the republican ticket because ultra conservatives took over our party through unethical methods. Big reckless spending and monster lies. Conservative Democrats are DINO’s.

Voting Moderate Republicans, Moderate Democrats, Progressive Democrats and Green Party into office are the few practical yet fiscal responsible options.

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Richard Heckler 1 month ago

The latest tax dollar NOT REFORM escapade is a scam on the middle class and a tax dollar money hole to boot. Supply Side Economics is a fraud. Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/08/09/arthur-laffers-anti-stimulus-curve-ball-is-a-foul/#ixzz2OG2JKGYS

Considering Supply Side Economics is a fraud why then are conservatives supporting such if they themselves are not frauds?

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NOT GOP? They win elections by preying on people who are not equipped with the information they need.

Larry Collinsworth 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Jud ge Moore has bit been proven guilty of anything. These allegations were supposed to have happend some 40 years ago. IF they happened, and I dont think they did, they will never be proven and can not be prosecuted due to statue of limitations.. Our Senators from Kansas should not be throwing stones at Judge Moore. This very same thing could happen to them in their next elections. Just pay a couple of women to make false allegations and that person running for election can be ruined. McConnell is a snake in the grass, hes trying to get someone else in there that he can rule. The Senators from Kansas must be puppets for McConnell. Continueing to damage Judge Moore will cause me to vote for anyone but these two Senators in a future election... I dont see them doing anything for Southeast Kansas anyway.

Gary Stussie 4 weeks ago

News this morning is reporting that Moore's original accuser indicated she talked (naughty) with Moore from her bedroom phone ... girl's mother said she did not have a phone in her bedroom. Moore is suing WP for encouraging "troubled" woman to come forward with her story.

David Reynolds 4 weeks ago

The progressives have a selective conscious when it comes to politics & especially the opposition party.

The expression applying to the progressives: "it’s never whether the person is guilty or not, but the “seriousness of the charge” that counts" applies in the case of Roy Moore.

The progressives circle the wagons for their own. Case in point is Senator Menendez. The progressives seem to ignore the fact that the sitting Senator Mendendez is actually on trial for accusations of bribery charges. Yet where are those righteous bloggers above calling for Menendez to resign from the senate?

When Democratic senators & even the DNC were asked if Melendez should resign they all basically said, we don't want to engage in speculation, or wait to see if he is convicted.

But let a Republican be accused, rightly or wrongly, and it's a mad house to see who can ask the Republican to step aside first.

It's even worse that that the Republicans eat their own. The two Kansas senators seem to be self-righteous in asking Moore to step aside. It's easy for them to take the "me too" route in politics. I wonder where they would stand if someone accused them of something.

Politics is a "Blood Sport"! One would hope it would be a patriotic calling to serve and try to improve the country & secure an improvement for today & future generations.

But no!. Politics has turned into a pure power grab & to do "EVERYTHING POSSIBLE" to hold onto power. Including personal destruction, pitting demographics against each other, supporting the breaking of laws to encourage illegal aliens, etc.

I could go on but just highlighting how politicians & their minions are trying to tear the country apart.

I don't know if Roy Moore is guilty or not. But this is "supposed" to be America..."Innocent until proven guilty"! Being as the opposite is happening, we see this is another, not so subtle, way the country is being deminished, by eliminating another pillar by which we judge each other.

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