Despite calls from Senate Majority Leader Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race, Moore’s wife Kayla pledged Friday that her husband “will not step down.”
“Even after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the foundation and now against my husband, he will not step down.
He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama. In his words, and I quote, ‘I will not stop until they lay me in that box in the ground,’” Moore said at a “Women for Roy Moore” rally from the capitol steps in Montgomery, Alabama.
The candidate’s spouse singled out The Washington Post as a primary source of those attacks, saying the paper has “staked out” Etowah County, their place of residence.
The Post published a story last week in which a woman alleged the candidate sexually touched her in 1979, when she was 14 and Roy Moore was in his early 30s. The judge has repeatedly denied the allegation. Two other women told the paper they dated him during this time period, when they were in their late teens.
“Consider the source,” Kayla Moore admonished and paraphrased the words of Jesus, saying, “They will call you names. They will say all manner of evil against you.”
She pointed out that in 2016, the paper endorsed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, and has supported her husband’s opponent, Doug Jones, who was an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
“All of the very same people who were attacking President Trump, are also attacking us,” Moore contended and joked, “I personally think he owes us a thank you. Have you noticed you’re not hearing too much about Russia.”
Moore also highlighted some differences between her husband and Jones. Among other cultural hot button issues, Jones supports women being able to abort their unborn child up to the moment of birth, transgender bathrooms, and further restrictions on the Second Amendment.
“I have been married to my husband Judge Roy Moore for over 32 years. He was a graduate of West Point, he served our country in Vietnam and he has always been an officer and a gentleman,” Moore said.
Other women who have known Moore also vouched for him at the rally.
Rally organizer Becky Gerritson, an Alabama Tea Party leader, said, “None of us were there 38 years ago, including you” looking directly at the media. “However,” she continued, “We do find the timing and the narrative surrounding these allegations to be suspect.”
Ann Eubank, co-chair of the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs, stated at the rally, “I do not recognize the Roy Moore that these (accusers) are describing.”
“I’ve never heard a whisper or a rumor about Judge Roy Moore and these kinds of sexual activity, and I’ve been in Montgomery for eight years and believe me if it had been here, we would have heard it,” Eubank said.
Another testimonial came from Suzelle Josey, who first began working with Moore when he successfully ran for Alabama chief justice in 2000.
“I would like to go on the record as stating I do not believe one single word of the allegations bought against Judge Roy Moore,” Josey said in a statement read at the rally. “Through all these years and all the close working conditions, never, not even one time, has Judge Moore remotely said or done anything that was inappropriate in any way.”
“I have found his character to be only one thing, and that is godly,” she added. “He cares more what God says and thinks than anything else in his life.”
“I truly believe the truth will come out and will show that Judge Moore is being falsely accused just like Joseph in the Bible,” Josey stated.
Amy Kremer, head of the Women for Trump PAC, which has endorsed Moore, said she has seen the same tactic being employed against Roy Moore countless times against non-establishment Senate candidates.
Kremer likened Moore to Trump saying, “Right here in this state we have a candidate who has walked through the fire.” She pointed out he has run for statewide office multiple times over many years, yet none of the allegations came out until last week.
“You’re looking at Mitch McConnell’s playbook for the next several years. If there is a candidate that he cannot control, this is what’s going to happen,” she continued.
The Moore campaign can also count another woman in their corner, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who stated on Friday she will be voting for the judge, according to AL.com.
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