Enzi, Barrasso Say Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Should Quit If Teen Sex Report Is True
Wyoming Republican U.S. Senators said Friday Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore should quit if a report is true that he approached a 14-year-old girl for a sexual encounter when he was 32.
Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso issued statements Friday afternoon about Moore, who won the GOP primary in Alabama in September and will face Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 election. The winner will replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now U.S. Attorney General.
Barrasso's spokeswoman Laura Mengelkamp issued this statement: “These are disturbing and credible accusations. If they’re true, Mr. Moore should step aside immediately.”
Enzi's spokesman Max D'Onofrio issued this statement: "Senator Enzi does believe that if the allegations are true that Roy Moore should step aside from the race."
Wyoming U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney's spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment about Moore.
Barrasso and Enzi joined other Republican leaders who have called for Moore to step aside if the reports are true. They include President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Thursday, The Washington Post reported then 14-year-old Leigh Corfman was approached by then 32-year-old Moore who was an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Ala., in 1979. They talked, Moore asked for her phone number, and she gave it to him. On the second date, he drove her to her his home. He removed her shirt and pants, he removed his clothes, guided her hand to his crotch, and sexually touched her through her underwear, The Washington Post reported.
Corfman never reported the incident to authorities, but came forward after Washington Post reporters covering Moore's candidacy heard stories about him pursuing teenage girls. The Washington Post gathered similar stories from three other women, none of whom knew each other.
Moore, 70, has vehemently denied the allegations, calling the Post report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation."
Moore also has issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle."