Mitt Romney said Roy Moore is “unfit for office” amid allegations that the Alabama GOP Senate candidate sexually advanced on four women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
“Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections,” the 2012 GOP presidential nominee tweeted Friday.
“I believe Leigh Corfman,” Romney added, referencing a woman who alleged that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.
“Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.”
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 the latest high-profile Republican to suggest Moore should end his Senate bid after a stunning Washington Post expose about the candidate published Thursday.
Corfman, who is now 53, told The Post that Moore first approached her when he was an assistant district attorney in 1979.
The Alabama woman alleged that Moore eventually touched her over her bra and underpants during a later encounter.
Corfman also accused Moore of kissing her, but she noted that the two of them did not have sexual intercourse.
Moore said Thursday that “these allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”
Several top Republican lawmakers have nonetheless demanded that Moore step down if the accusations against him are true.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Friday that President Trump does not think “a mere allegation” from years ago should “destroy a person’s life.”
“However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore should do the right thing and step aside,” she said while traveling with Trump through Asia.
Moore is campaigning for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions earlier this year after Trump made the former senator his attorney general.
Democrat Doug Jones is Moore’s main competition for the spot ahead of Alabama’s special election, which is scheduled for Dec. 12.