He was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because of his efforts to block marriage equality in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Ziegler contends that the allegations against Moore are unlikely to impact his political run as he never had "sexual intercourse" with the 14-year-old girl in question, their relationship "happened nearly 40 years ago", and finally, "Moore fell in love with one of the younger women", namely his wife Kayla.
On the ground in Alabama, some Republicans were willing to downplay the allegations.
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is counter-punching hard. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who lost in the primary to Moore, would be an eligible write-in candidate, said John Bennett, an official at the state secretary of state's office.
Theologians and pastors, among others, expressed revulsion that Mary and Joseph would be used to counter allegations of sexual misbehavior with a minor.
It's all about keeping that seat in Republican hands.
Paul Reynolds, Alabama's Republican National Committeeman, called it "a firestorm created to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama".
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"Take the Bible. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter".
Samuel Givhan, the senior vice chairman of the state party, described The Washington Post story as "allegations from somebody who has been silent for over 40 years" who was speaking out just weeks before an election. In addition, Zeigler said that even if the allegation was true, it did not involve sexual intercourse.
Moore is appealing for donations in his race for a Senate seat from Alabama just hours after the Washington Post reported allegations that Moore had sexual contact with a woman when she was 14 and he was 32.
He says he is strongly urging the Post, which published the report based on on-the-record statements, to "tell the truth". After phone calls and meetings, he drove her to his home some days later and kissed her, the Post quotes Corfman as saying. During a second incident, Corfman says Moore allegedly took off her clothes and touched her over her underwear. "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying", McCain said.
They're all true. I wouldn't couldn't make this stuff up.
If, however, the state party tells election officials that it wants to withdraw its nominee, or if Moore himself made a decision to do so, election officials would not certify any votes cast for Moore.
If the Bible is not clear on the subject, the law is: Alabama's legal age of consent then and now is 16 and adults can not touch children sexually or entice them into a home for that goal. By Friday morning, Moore's allies were defending him and throwing doubt on his accusers, framing the story as a typical clash between conservatives and an untrustworthy media.