During the week of November 6, 2017, the Washington Post published an exposé of 4 women who came forward to accuse Judge Roy Moore (70 years old) of past sexual misconduct while he’s knee deep in the middle of a campaign to become the next republican US senator from Alabama on December 12, 2017. These 4 accusers have told their detailed stories as to how Judge Moore behaved inappropriately in trying to obtain sexual favors from them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. As of the week of November 13, 2016, 5 more women have stepped up to the plate to tell their gory stories about their interactions with Judge Moore.(later 5+ more women came forward.)
There have been other ways that these women’s stories have been corroborated like a coworker recalling that Judge Moore’s penchant for dating young ladies being an open secret when he was younger. There are those who used to work at the Gadsden Mall who recall how security had to frequently kick him out of the mall because of his habit for stalking High School girls.
“Then there are his own words which condemn him. In an interview between Judge Moore and the FOX TV host Sean Hannity, the judge refused to definitely deny the above allegations as he parsed his answers. But the tell came when he blurted out that he never dated these young ladies without their Mom’s permission.”
Finally there was the judge’s attorney Trent Garmon, who I hope is not a shining example of the quality of the legal profession in Alabama. In an interview with MSNBC TV with the host, Ali Velshi, he clumsily tried to float the concept that in some cultures it is acceptable for older men to date much younger women. He was cut down to size by the other host, Stephanie Ruhle.
The same attorney wrote a legal letter demanding access to one of the accusers 1977 year-book with the judge’s signature on it. The letter could have been written by a fifth grader.
As per a 11/15/17 Above the Law blog by Joe Patrice, “Alas, Moore’s turned to Trent Garmon and Garmon’s given us all such a gift by vomiting up an incoherent, error-filled, and typo laden demand letter.”
“And the fact that Roy Moore doubtless had to pay hundreds of dollars for this tripe makes it all worthwhile.”
“Please allow this to serve as notice that our firm has been retained to represent The Foundation for Moral Law, it’s President Kayla Moore and Chief Justice Roy Moore.”
“Didn’t even make it a sentence. Garmon could not make it a whole sentence without a basic grammatical f**k up. Obviously mistakes happen and over the course of a lengthy document, things will be missed in editing. But the first sentence. Come on, man.”
“Your client’s organization has made and/or supported defaming statements. This is due to the careless and/or intentionally refused to advance the truth regarding our clients. We also believe that your client, by and through its agents, have damaged our clients by being careless in how they handle headlines and report the contextual of the allegations.”
“Thus, do you know this clearly, yet significant difference which your client’s publication(s) have failed to distinguish. And the legal requirement that your client retract the stories, to include the details which clearly are false.”
“Get this man a copy of Strunk & White stat. I’m fairly confident that this paragraph is asking the newspaper to retract its stories such that they then would include false details. Garmon probably didn’t intend this as an admission, but if he did, it’s very meta.”
Here’s the rest of the story…
In November 16, 2017, Philip Bump of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Democrat Jones leads Roy Moore by 8 points in Alabama, per Fox News poll.”
“Democrat Doug Jones leads Roy Moore by 8 points among those likely to vote in Alabama’s special election to the U.S. Senate next month, according to Fox News.”
“The poll, released on Thursday afternoon, is the first survey from a major pollster since The Washington Post first reported allegations that Moore had initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979. A number of other women have subsequently come forward with stories about Moore soliciting dates from them while they were underage or, in one case, alleged an attempted sexual assault by Moore.”
“Prior to the Fox News poll, RealClearPolitics’ average of recent polls in the state continued to give a slight edge to Moore.
“Were Moore somehow to be replaced on the ballot by Luther Strange, the man who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year and who Moore beat in the Republican primary, Jones would win by 10 points, 48 to 38. If Strange were to run a write-in campaign — something that has been speculated but not embraced by him personally — a quarter of likely voters say they’d be likely to write in his name. Moore voters were twice as likely as Jones voters to say that they might cast a write-in vote for Strange.”
“Since October, Moore’s seen his favorability rating flip. Last month, registered voters held a more positive than negative view of him. Now, half of registered voters view him unfavorably. Jones still enjoys a net-positive approval rating.”
“The shifts by gender are dramatic. Among registered voters, men preferred Moore by 2 points in October and women preferred Jones by 3. Now, men prefer Moore by 9 and women prefer Jones by 23 — a 20-point increase.”
“Evangelical voters still prefer Moore by a wide margin, but Jones has closed the gap with that influential group by 5 points among registered voters. Six-in-10 evangelical likely voters say they strongly support Moore.”
“The pollsters also asked if Jones and Moore had a “strong moral character.” Two-thirds of evangelical likely voters said Moore did; a third of them said that Jones did. Among all likely voters, though, Jones has a clear advantage on this metric. Fifty-six percent of likely voters say Jones has a strong moral character while only 41 percent of all likely voters say the same of Moore.”
“Another prominent split is by race. White voters prefer Moore by a 56-to-37 margin. Nonwhite voters prefer Jones by a 72-point margin, 80-to-8.”
“An interesting note: Among registered voters, Barack Obama has a slightly higher favorability rating than President Trump, 52 percent to 50 percent. This is within the margin of error, but even that’s remarkable in Alabama. Slightly more than half of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing. Jones, the Democrat hoping to take Sessions’s seat, is viewed more favorably than the attorney general by 2 points.”
“Fox News also asked respondents what one quality they were looking for in a Senate candidate more than any other. Twenty-six percent said “shares my values.” The same percentage said, “can bring needed change.” A third said “will represent Alabama with honor.”
“Another 8 percent said “is my party’s candidate.” Moore voters were three times as likely to offer this response.”