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Alabama Voters Urged To Reject Candidate 'Who Hurt Little Girls'

The Democratic nominee in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama is reminding voters that his opponent is an alleged pedophile.

“I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail -- and not to the U.S. Senate,” the candidate, Doug Jones, declared Tuesday. He was referring to Republican candidate Roy Moore, whom multiple women have accused of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers.

One of the women says she was just 14 years of age when Moore, a 32-year-old assistant district attorney at the time, tried to rape her. Multiple witnesses have told The Washington Post and other news outlets that Moore pursued underage girls at a shopping mall and other locations. He continues to deny the charges, claiming they are politically motivated. Polls indicate that an overwhelming majority of Alabama Republicans believe him.

The election will determine the successor to Jeff Sessions, who held the Senate seat for 20 years before becoming the nation’s attorney general earlier this year. No Democrat has represented Alabama in the Senate for decades, but Moore lost his lead in the polls when the sex-abuse scandal broke. Recent surveys have shown him slightly ahead of Jones. Some Senate Republicans are pledging to oppose allowing Moore to serve in the chamber if he wins the election.

The Hill pointed out that Jones is a former federal attorney who argued the case that resulted in two Ku Klux Klan members going to jail. The defendants were convicted on charges related to the deaths of four girls in the bombing of a Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

On Monday, Donald Trump called Moore from Air Force One to offer his endorsement. The president explained on Twitter that he was supporting the controversial candidate because Republicans, who hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, cannot afford to lose the seat. Trump wrote that Democrats’ refusal to “give even one vote for massive tax cuts” showed that “we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.” Last weekend, the Senate narrowly approved a GOP-sponsored measure that would reduce taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals, while raising taxes for many low-income Americans.

The Republican National Committee initially responded to the Moore scandal by cutting off its financial contributions to his campaign. That changed Monday night, when RNC officials announced they had resumed sending checks. “I can’t blame them,” GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said. “I mean, let’s face it, they represent the Republican Party. … They have every right to support him.”

According to the Daily Beast, a number of Senate Republicans who previously backed away from Moore decided to support him because of Trump’s endorsement and the RNC’s reversal. “I don’t think anybody’s surprised,” GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said Tuesday. “The president’s interested in keeping 52 votes up here. I’d like to, too. A lot of us have different views on it.” The lawmaker revealed that he wrote in the name of a “distinguished” Republican on his absentee ballot, rather than vote for Moore.

Source: The Hill
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