Roy Moore has been dodging media in his race to finish the Alabama campaign without a minimum of discussion of the allegations from nine women about his pursuit of him as young girls as young as 14 while he was a prosecutor in his 30s. Former neighbors, colleagues, and security staff have also come forward with similar accounts. The allegations in The Post included those of Leigh Corfman, who said she was sexually assault at 14. Moore initially admitted that he knew some of the women and called women like Debbie Wesson Gibson a “good girl.” (He also remembered Gloria Thacker Deason). Then recently he abruptly did a 180 turn and said that he did not know any of the women. Gibson has been quiet since coming forward but has grown tired of the attacks and denials from the Moore camp. Thus, when he suddenly said that he did not know her, she searched her attic and produced a graduation card signed “Happy graduation Debbie. I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.” She says that More gave her the card personally at the Etowah High School graduation ceremony in Attalla, Ala.,
While I have been critical of the work of Gloria Allred and her failure to turn over the yearbook used in her press conference, I have previously stated that I found the allegations against Moore credible and largely unrebutted. I also view the allegations against Weinstein, Clinton, and Franken credible. For that reason, I disagree with President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Moore and many are likely to find the encouragement to “Go Get’em, Roy” a bit chilling in light of the underlying allegations.
Gibson found a storage bin in the attic last week and inside was a scrapbook from her senior year at . The graduation card was taped to a page titled “Those Who Inspire.” She says it was written by Moore.
At a Nov. 27 campaign event, however, Moore declared “The allegations are completely false. They are malicious. Specifically, I do not know any of these women.” Two days later, he said in a church “Let me state once again: I do not know any of these women, did not date any of these women and have not engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone.”
Like most of these accusers and witnesses, Gibson, 54, is a registered Republican.
The Washington Post hired a former FBI forensic examiner, Mark Songer, who compared the yearbook inscription with the newly discovered card. He found considerable similarity in the writing but wanted to do a full examination. Gibson dated Moore and later worked for him in his race for Circuit judge but later reconsidered the propriety of a man dating her at such a young age. However, she appeared to have friendly and cordial relations with Moore even after she was engaged. That can certainly be cited by Moore in his defense, but that continuing relationship conflicts with the Moore denial of knowing any of these women. Moreover, the apparent denial of pursuing girls as young as 14 is increasingly difficult to square with not just the accounts of nine women but the other neighbors and former colleagues who have come forward.
The election is one week from today.