Mitt Romney said Friday he believes one of the women who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was 14 and said the conservative judge is “unfit for office.”
“Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside,” Romney tweeted.
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 10, 2017
Romney is one of the few Republicans who said unequivocally Moore should exit the Senate race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Many others, meanwhile, should Moore should remove himself from the Alabama special election “if” the allegations are true. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also called on Moore to step aside, without equivocating.
Corfman was one of four women who told the Washington Post that Moore pursued relations with them when they were teenagers. The conservative judge was in his 30s at the time.
Corfman recalled one encounter she had with Moore in 1979 when she was 14, during which Moore “took off her shirt and pants, and removed his clothes.” Then an assistant district attorney, Moore then “touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”
The other three women told the Washington Post that Moore took them out on dates when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Moore disputed the accounts of his accusers, and called the story “fake news” and “intentional defamation.”