Dozens of Alabama pastors sign letter denouncing Roy Moore


Embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday said allegations that he sexually harassed women and girls won't push him out of the race, and instead called on the GOP's Senate leader to step down.

A spokesman for President Donald Trump says he finds the allegations against more "very troubling" but that the people of Alabama should determine the outcome of the Senate race.

Asked about the allegations, Ivey responded, "I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them". "To the people of Alabama, thank you for being smarter than they think you are", Moore said. One of the women said that she was 14 when he pursued her and initiated a sexual encounter. Another said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home. But Ivey said she will vote for Moore anyway for the sake of GOP power in Congress. Numerous Republican senators have called on Moore to drop out of the race against Democrat Doug Jones, but the White House wouldn't go that far. "While they are down here trying to attract the attention off our opponent, who is an ultra liberal, who was an Obama delegate, who is for full term abortions, who is for more gun restrictions, for transgender bathrooms, for transgender in the military, is against everything we in Alabama believe and stand for". That could threaten the Republicans' slim majority in the Senate.

Former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks in Vestavia Hills, Ala., on Saturday. Ivey faces an election of her own in 2018. Support from women was helping to give Jones the edge with 68 percent for Jones compared to 32 percent for Moore.

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In the letter, posted online Friday, the pastors say that their opposition to Moore began long before recent allegations of sexual impropriety against him emerged, blasting his positions on LGBT rights, immigration and religious liberty.

"My hope is that the Moore debacle will not only be a wake-up call for evangelicals, but also for Republicans, who should stand back and say, 'Wow, look at the kind of person we nearly elected to our ranks", James said.

Jauregui said during a news conference Wednesday that they had hired a handwriting analyst to look into whether the signature in Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook is authentic.

"I think it's really hypocritical and an embarrassment for the state of Alabama, and he's dragging us backwards", Falvey said.