Does the media feeding frenzy help or hurt Moore?
Attorney Gloria Allred has scheduled a press conference at 2:30 PM EDT with an alleged Roy Moore accuser, adding to the dumpster fire of Alabama’s special senate election.
An article published by the Washington Post last week featured four women who allege Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct when they were but teenagers and he was in his thirties.
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Since the allegations broke, Moore has conceding dating younger women and said he knows two of his accusers, but not the youngest two. Moore remains vehement in his denial of the allegations and contends a conspiracy was set in motion to derail his senate bid. Before the allegations broke, Moore maintained a nine-point lead over his Democratic opponent.
The entire ordeal is shaping up perfectly along predictable factions. Republican mainliners are siding with accusers and withdrawing support (most of them had backed Moore’s Republican primary opponent Luther Strange). Conservative Senator Mike Lee withdrew his endorsement of Moore and Sen. Cruz called the allegations ‘serious and disturbing’ and said Moore should withdraw from the race if the allegations are true.
Senate Majority leader McConnell graduated from the “if true” qualifier Monday, saying he believes Moore’s accusers:
Here is the video of @SenateMajLdr saying he believes the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting a 14-year old and pursuing other teens. pic.twitter.com/169YSHlXym
— Nick Storm (@NStorm_Politics) November 13, 2017
Moore would hear none of it:
The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
Sens Snow and Hatch joined the calls for withdrawal:
Sen. Collins on Roy Moore: “I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.” pic.twitter.com/vHkTpsUins
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 13, 2017
I stand with the Majority Leader on this. These are serious and disturbing accusations, and while the decision is now in the hands of the people of Alabama, I believe Luther Strange is an excellent alternative. https://t.co/L7IallXhBc
— Orrin Hatch (@OrrinHatch) November 13, 2017
The allegations aside, the entire ordeal is the perfect establishment and media vs. (what used to be Tea Party) populist underdog candidate.
Myself and others believe that the allegations, the media frenzy, and the calls to withdraw by so-called establishment Republicans serve to embolden Moore’s support.
Veracity of the Moore allegations aside, as a general rule, southerners (and Texans too) don’t appreciate outsiders meddling in their business as is the case here. The media frenzy will likely strengthen Moore’s support, not erode it.
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) November 13, 2017
If Gloria Allred actually cared about this woman she’d stay as far away from her as possible. https://t.co/5RE9cF1EEi
— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) November 13, 2017
Well, looks like Roy Moore may win this thing with both Mitch McConnell and Gloria Allred coming after him.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 13, 2017
Alternative Headline: Roy Moore Campaign Breaths Sigh of Relief That Left-Wing Media Whore Gloria Allred is Already Poisoning Accuser Pool https://t.co/MuZMbYF3y8
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) November 13, 2017
And from the ground:
Serious folks I’m in Alabama. All they have done is hardened his supporter and added more that are sick of the liberals sh&t. Moore wins big
— Treason Of Truth (@treasonoftruth) November 13, 2017
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