The past has a strange way of haunting us at the least the expected moments of our life. Strangely, this phenomenon has a tendency to unearth itself when some people are on the verge of securing leadership position.
As a result of the scrutiny that prospective candidate is subjected to, the dark past is brought to light. Ray Moore, who is party’s nominee for Senate in Alabama is already experiencing this profound phenomenon.
The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on Moore to withdraw from the race if a new report that he pursued teenage girls in his 30's is confirmed. "If these allegations are true, he must step aside."
Several Republican senators also reacted with alarm to the report by the Washington Post which quoted several women saying that Moore initiated contact with them while they were teenagers. Surprisingly, one woman said she had a sexual encounter with him when she was 14.
“The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling,” added Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was unequivocal. “I’m horrified, and if this is true he needs to step down immediately,” she told reporters.
“It’s a nasty story, I don’t know anything about it,” added Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Asked if Moore should withdraw, Shelby said, “Let’s see how the story runs."
Shelby revealed that “I supported Sen. Strange, you all know that.” Shelby was referring to Sen. Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in a Republican primary.
Leigh Corfman is quoted in the report saying that Moore reportedly started the sexual relationship with her in 1979 when he was an assistant district attorney.
The post also revealed that Moore approached Corfman outside a courtroom in Etowah County. Back then, Corfman was sitting with her mother. Moore got her phone number and then days later took her to his house in the woods and kissed her. During a second visit, according to Corfman, Moore took her clothes off as well as his own and ran his hand over her body and her hand over his underwear.
Corfman recounted her story in a consistent fashion during six interviews, according to the Post.
The Post report also said three other women it interviewed said Moore pursued them while he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. But those women say he did not try to initiate sexual contact with them.
In the meantime, Moore issued a statement to the Post denying the allegations. "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign," Moore said in the statement.
Moore is running in the special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat. Moore is favored to secure victory against his opponent, former U.S. attorney Doug Jones, a Democrat. The election is scheduled to take place on Dec. 12.