Murkowski Encouraging Write-In Campaign Against Judge Roy Moore
By Paul Blumenthal. It’s no surprise that Senate Republicans don’t really like Moore even though many of them have endorsed him since his primary victory. That sets up an easy change of heart for Republicans to back a write-in candidate. In fact, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has already spoken to [loser Luther] Strange about a write-in campaign.
That is a process Murkowski knows well. She is one of three Americans to win a U.S. Senate seat by running a write-in campaign. In 2010, she lost the Republican primary to tea party challenger Joe Miller. This was a very similar situation to Moore’s defeat of Strange. Both Miller and Moore were backed by far-right groups railing against the Republican establishment.
Murkowski waged a write-in campaign and won the general election with 39.5 percent of the vote [in a fraud-laced campaign in which thousands of ballots were unlawfully cast for her].
Strange could run regardless of whether Moore withdraws from the race. If Moore does not withdraw and Strange runs a write-in campaign, it sets up a race among Moore, the Republican; Jones, the Democrat; Strange, technically an independent; and any other write-in candidates. If Moore withdraws, the recipient of the most votes among Jones, Strange and other write-in candidates would win. (Read more from “Murkowski Encouraging Write-In Campaign Against Judge Roy Moore” HERE)
Swamp Dwellers Murkowski, McCain, Thune, Flake, Toomey, Others Demand That Judge Roy Moore Exit the Race: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”
By Washington Post. McConnell, in a formal statement on behalf of all Republican senators, said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
Other Republican senators weighing in included Jeff Flake of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called on Moore to step aside as well — and without couching his statement with “if true” language.
“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” McCain said. “He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
Moore has denied the allegations and given no indication that he will exit the race. “Our children and grandchildren’s futures are on the line,” he tweeted Thursday. “So rest assured — I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!” Moore also emailed a fundraising pitch off the revelations. “I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values,” he wrote.
The state Republican Party has the power to disqualify Moore from the election, according to the Alabama secretary of state. If that happens, McConnell and other Republicans would face the challenge of figuring out which candidate would run in Moore’s place — and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge’s name on the Dec. 12 ballot. (Read more from “Swamp Dwellers Murkowski, McCain, Thune, Flake, Toomey, Others Demand That Judge Roy Moore Exit the Race: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” HERE)
Financially Troubled Woman With Cloudy Background Makes Allegations Against Moore Timed to Turn Election
By Washington Post. [Leigh] Corfman, 53, who works as a customer service representative at a payday loan business, says she . . . thought of confronting Moore personally for years, and almost came forward publicly during his first campaign for state Supreme Court in 2000, but decided against it [because, among other things,] her background — three divorces and a messy financial history — might undermine her credibility. . .
Corfman describes herself as a little lost — “a typical 14-year-old kid of a divorced family” — when she says she first met Moore that day in 1979 outside the courtroom. She says she felt flattered that a grown man was paying attention to her. . .
After her mother went into the courtroom, Corfman says, Moore asked her where she went to school, what she liked to do and whether he could call her sometime. She remembers giving him her number and says he called not long after. She says she talked to Moore on her phone in her bedroom, and they made plans for him to pick her up at Alcott Road and Riley Street, around the corner from her house. . .
She remembers an unpaved driveway. She remembers going inside and him giving her alcohol on this visit or the next, and that at some point she told him she was 14. She says they sat and talked. She remembers that Moore told her she was pretty, put his arm around her and kissed her, and that she began to feel nervous and asked him to take her home, which she says he did. . .
She says that Moore drove her back to the same house after dark, and that before long she was lying on a blanket on the floor. She remembers Moore disappearing into another room and coming out with nothing on but “tight white” underwear. (Read more from “Financially Troubled Woman With Cloudy Background Makes Allegations Against Moore Timed to Turn Election” HERE)