Jones seeking support of women in Alabama Senate race

AP

Print Article

  • Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 1

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 2

    Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, left, kisses his wife, Kayla Moore after he speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 3

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. In the face of sexual misconduct allegations, Moore's U.S. Senate campaign has been punctuated by tense moments and long stretches without public appearances. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat in the Dec. 12 election. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

  • 4

    Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 5

    Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 1

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 2

    Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, left, kisses his wife, Kayla Moore after he speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 3

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. In the face of sexual misconduct allegations, Moore's U.S. Senate campaign has been punctuated by tense moments and long stretches without public appearances. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat in the Dec. 12 election. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

  • 4

    Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones speaks at a news conference, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Dolomite, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

  • 5

    Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones drew a line between himself and Republican nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday as he sided with women making sexual misconduct allegations against men of both parties.

Sen. Al Franken should resign after being accused of sexual improprieties by multiple women, Jones said in response to a reporter's question, and women accusing Moore of misconduct decades ago likewise deserve to be believed, despite Moore's denials.

"I applaud the women who have come forward against Roy Moore. And I think it's time that those women be believed, just like the women who are coming out against Senator Franken, Representative (John) Conyers and others," said Jones.

Jones made the comments at a downtown storefront where volunteers were making get-out-the-vote calls head of Tuesday's election. Jones briefly spoke with a female supporter during one of the calls.

Jones also scheduled an evening appearance with former Alabama first lady Marsha Folsom and Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman who is the namesake of an equal-pay law signed by former President Barack Obama.

Winning the support of a substantial number of women could be crucial to Jones' chances in Alabama, a deeply conservative state controlled by Republicans and influenced by Christian conservatives who support Moore, who made his name placing Ten Commandments displays in courthouses.

While the allegations against Moore have prompted some Republicans to break ranks, Gov. Kay Ivey has said she is voting for the GOP nominee.

Jones also has a hard time winning over conservatives who dislike his positions on social issues including abortion, and who believe Moore's denials that he molested young women decades ago, and tried to date teen girls while he was a prosecutor in his 30s.

"What girl hasn't been kissed at 17 years old?" asked Diane Myrick, 69, of Bon Secour at a Moore really in southwest Alabama Tuesday night. "I know a girl who got married at 14."

But Susan Taylor of Fairhope, who participated in a protest outside the rally, said Moore represents neither the state nor Christianity well.

"I think he's a misogynist. I think he's crazy," Taylor said.

Moore, 70, faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations he sexually assaulted two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several other teenagers.

Moore has denied sexual assault and molesting underage girls, but has been unclear on whether he dated teens as a man in his 30s.

The Moore campaign issued a statement demanding that a political group, Highway 31, quit running a commercial that includes what it calls "patently false" claims about the accusations.

A spokesman for the super PAC, Adam Muhlendorf, said Moore's campaign hasn't provided proof the accusations are false.

___

Associated Press writer Kim Chandler in Fairhope, Alabama, contributed to this report.

    

Print Article

Read More Political

GOP's not all that sad; party grapples with Alabama fallout

AP

December 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party's scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all...

Comments

Read More

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

AP

December 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm | MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday as...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: Jones says he got 'gracious' call from Trump

AP

December 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the Alabama Senate election (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democrat Doug Jones says he received congratulatory phone calls from President Donald Trump and other ...

Comments

Read More

Official urges expulsion of lawmaker accused of assault

AP

December 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm | FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Kentucky's Democratic attorney general says the state House of Representatives should take steps to expel a Republican lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X