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  • Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:00 am

Donnelly, Young call for Moore to drop out

Find allegations persuasive

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Both U.S. senators from Indiana have called on Roy Moore to end his campaign for a Senate seat after accusations of sexual misconduct against the Republican from Alabama.

“After giving Roy Moore ample time to unequivocally deny the disturbing allegations against him, those allegations remain far more persuasive than the denials,” freshman Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said Monday afternoon in a statement.

“Roy Moore should immediately drop out of the race,” he said. “The appearance of grossly reprehensible behavior disqualifies him from service in the United States Senate. If he does not step aside, we need to act to protect the integrity of the Senate.”

Young had said Thursday in a statement to Indianapolis TV station Fox 59 that Moore should leave the Alabama Senate race if allegations proved true that he had initiated sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Those allegations, plus accusations by three other women that Moore had pursued romantic relations with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his early 30s, were first reported by the Washington Post on Thursday. A fifth woman alleged Monday that Moore had sexually assaulted her when she was a teen.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., issued a statement Thursday saying Moore “should withdraw from the election. The facts surrounding what happened in Alabama are pretty clear and I think that would be the best thing to do.”

Donnelly reportedly has been trying to help Moore's opponent in the Dec. 12 special election, Democrat Doug Jones, raise campaign funds.

“Doug's opponent, Roy Moore, is an extremist with a record of putting political ideology above the rule of law,” Donnelly wrote in an email solicitation for campaign contributions to Jones. Moore is a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who twice was removed from the bench, first for defying orders to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building and later refusing to obey the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriages.

Donnelly also wrote in his email: “Doug's campaign reminds me a bit of my own in 2012. Talking heads said we didn't stand a chance. But when voters heard the ideas coming from our campaign and the extreme rhetoric from our opponent, the choice was easy.”

Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock in 2012 after Mourdock said in a candidates' debate that pregnancy resulting from rape “is something that God intended to happen.”