An Alabama Republican has invoked Jesus to defend his party’s Senate candidate against allegations of sexual misconduct, according to The Washington Examiner.
The Examiner on Thursday said that state auditor Jim Ziegler says the accusations against Roy Moore are “much ado about nothing.”
The Washington Post on Thursday reported that four women say Moore made sexual advances on them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
“He’s clean as a hound’s tooth,” Ziegler said of Moore before quoting Scripture to defend the Senate candidate.
“Take the Bible,” he continued. “Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist.”
“Also take Joseph and Mary,” Ziegler added after choosing his words carefully before mentioning Jesus.
“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
The Post’s report featured one especially explosive account about Moore from Leigh Corfman, an Alabama woman who is now 53.
Corfman accused Moore – who is now 70 – of initiating a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.
The Post’s source said Moore touched her over her bra and underpants during the incident but noted they did not have sexual intercourse.
Moore is running to replace Jeff Sessions after President Trump made the former senator his attorney general earlier this year.
The Republican is competing with Democrat Doug Jones ahead of Alabama’s special Senate election on Dec. 12.
The Post’s report inspired multiple top Republicans to call for Moore to step aside if the allegations against him are true.
Moore has vowed, however, that he will not “stand down” and has called the Post’s report “the very definition of fake news.”