Other Views: Is a Senate seat really worth this?

Is a Senate seat really worth this?

 

“We need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday.

No doubt his endorsement will carry weight with some voters. We hope, as they decide how to cast their ballots Tuesday, they also remember what Leigh Corfman had to say about how Moore, then 32, behaved with her when she was a 14-year-old girl in 1979. As The Post reported last month:

“Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

We hope voters also weigh the account of Beverly Young Nelson, who alleged Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old and working as a waitress at the Old Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama. Moore signed her high school yearbook in December 1977. Then, as The Post reported:

“On a cold night about a week or two after that, Nelson alleges, Moore offered to give her a ride home from work after her shift ended at 10 p.m. Instead of taking her home, Nelson said, Moore pulled the two-door car into a dark and deserted area between a dumpster and the back of the restaurant.

“When she asked what he was doing, Nelson alleges, Moore put his hands on her breasts and began groping her.

Moore denies these stories, though he does not outright deny dating teenage girls as an older man. Many other women allege that he preyed on them as teenagers. None of them have reason now to lie.

This is the man Trump has decided he needs in the Senate. Alabama voters must decide if they agree. Is it so important to have a senator who will vote the president’s way on tax cuts or judicial appointments that they are willing to be represented by a person who allegedly would do such abhorrent things to young girls?

— Washington Post

 

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