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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The current furor, in which numerous women have come forward alleging that Roy Moore approached, dated, or in some cases sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, has played out like a concentrated version of [his long] combative history, in which he rose to national prominence as an unyielding spokesman for conservative and religious values. Mr. Moore first made a name for himself as a prosecutor and an anti-establishment political outsider here in Gadsden in the years after 1977 post West Point, Vietnam and law school in Tuscaloosa. He already had the contentiousness, if not the overt religiosity. During those years, he was developing another reputation, passed along in whispers. Now they have grown to a roar, threatening to derail what might have been a cakewalk political contest in deeply conservative Alabama. "It was a known fact: Roy Moore liked young girls," said Faye Gary, a retired Gadsden police officer.

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Mr. Moore was rarely seen in the places where lawyers would routinely gather to swap gossip, said James Sledge, a former federal judge who was a lawyer at the time. Few remember him out and about socially. He is, however, remembered as a common presence at the Y.M.C.A. and the Gadsden Mall. As with everything concerning Mr. Moore, accounts vary. [Some] recalled Mr. Moore working out at the Y.M.C.A. gym, often shirtless. Delores Abney, 63, said she recalled Mr. Moore talking to women that "appeared to be high school on up" in an exercise class she was enrolled in. "It just did not look appropriate."

Janet Reeves, 57, a former employee of a photo kiosk and an Orange Julius at the mall, talked of Mr. Moore asking a friend of hers, who she recalled was 17 or 18, for her phone number. "I just thought he was the creepy old guy," she said. Glenn Day, 64, who managed two stores at the mall in those years, recalled that Mr. Moore had such reputation for approaching young women that the mall guard asked him to let security know whenever he saw Mr. Moore there. "I can't believe there's such an outcry now," Mr. Day said, "about something everybody knew."

Kathleen Warren, a lawyer who once shared office space with Moore, has different memories. "He seemed to not think much of women as a whole," she said. "A true sexist." She had heard the gossip about him and young women, but the talk faded around the time of his marriage. At a Christmas gathering in 1984, as he describes in his book, he met a 23-year-old woman named Kayla Kisor, 14 years his junior, whom he immediately recognized from a dance recital he had attended "many years before." They married the next year.

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At a Christmas gathering in 1984, as he describes in his book, he met a 23-year-old woman named Kayla Kisor, 14 years his junior, whom he immediately recognized from a dance recital he had attended "many years before." They married the next year.

Jebbus H. Krispy(!)... Even in his own book he outs himself as a potential teen stalker. Why would Moore be at a recital that a young woman then 23 years old had participated in "many years ago"? I certainly hope this story is cross-posted in the major Alabama papers. If the people of Alabama do indeed elect this man after having to acknowledge the scores of those verifying his predatory past there should be no misunderstanding just who those people are moving forward.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-19 02:25 PM | Reply

Newspapers, snewspapers. What power do newspapers have over the Bible?

They don't actually read the bible, but someone told them about what they thought it said. It reminds me of the 60's, where preachers used the bible to justify why black people should not have civil rights, and how slavery was okay.

You folks will never understand these things until you consider religion alongside the politics. You cannot separate the two things, especially not in the south.

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-20 01:11 PM | Reply

AL.com picked up on the import of my #1 post and went back and figured out that Roy Moore had first met his wife when she was either 15 or 16 years old and remembered her some 8 or so years later when their paths crossed again. Lawrence O'Donnell is reporting this aspect of his self-told narrative as I write.

The man is a creep from the word go. Those supporting him are supporting a child predator and they know exactly what they're doing while deluding themselves that they're doing something different.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-20 10:11 PM | Reply

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