"I dont know Ms. Corfman from anybody, I've never talked to her, never met with her... Our nation is at a crossroads right now - both spiritually and politically".
In a letter Friday seeking funding for his legal defense, Moore blamed the "Obama-Clinton Machine" for launching "the most vicious and nasty round of attacks me I've EVER seen".
But let's be clear: The allegations reported yesterday in The Washington Post are carefully sourced.
The bombshell story by The Postreported that Leigh Corfman, who was 14 at the time, was approached by Moore, who was 32 and working as district attorney. Another three women also claim Mr. Moore pursued them as teenagers as well.
Facing a tough re-election, Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., likened Moore to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Fox News executive Roger Ailes, all men accused of sexual misconduct.
At least one of Moore's supporters, in fact, seems to have a loose understanding of a core belief of Christianity. "They became parents of Jesus", Alabama state Auditor Jim Ziegler told The Washington Examiner. "Zechariah and Elizabeth for instance".
"He would not be removed from the ballot, but then again there's a number of other things that will follow a protocol if the party take that permanent step and if they do, we will adhere to their request and we will honor their request as we should by law, and then we'll make sure that the proper adjudication of the process is adhered to as the election continues", Merrill said.
Theologians and pastors, among others, expressed revulsion that Mary and Joseph would be used to counter allegations of sexual misbehavior with a minor.
The Bible does not state the ages of Joseph and Mary, agrees Margaret M. Mitchell, a professor of early Christian literature and the New Testament at the University of Chicago Divinity School. The revelations come a month before the December 12 special election, and they're triggering a backlash from would-be Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, who are calling on the 70-year-old conservative Christian to quit the race if the allegations are true.
"The Bible does not state Mary and Joseph's specific ages, but she is usually understood to be a teenager, and Joseph was an adult", the Post notes.
As for "nothing immoral or illegal", that's wrong, too.
He did not, however, attempt to defend the described sexual encounter with a 14-year-old, which would have been a criminal act under Alabama law at the time.
"The allegations might prove to be just a political ploy", Lipinsky said. Any conduct can be defended if the offender is on "our side".
"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", McConnell said in a statement. "I think it's sinister".
Reynolds supports Moore and says if the candidate steps down now, that would mean surrendering to Democrat Doug Jones.
My guess is that Republicans hope he does win. Luther Strange in the GOP primary in September to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Senate seat is now held by Sen. In any Republican's hands. "I love him and his family, and they are all good people". He should have been defeated in the primary, and odd must be mighty upset these allegations didn't come up a few months ago.