After losing the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones last December, and facing a lawsuit from the woman who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, Republican Roy Moore says his resources have been depleted and he needs your money.
The failed candidate and twice-ousted judge says that, after the election, he “struggled to make ends meet.” Like any religious fundamentalist, he blames the “unholy forces of evil” and the “Washington insiders” who didn’t want him to “bring the truth about God and our Constitution to Washington D.C.”
I guess thoughts and prayers are only good enough for other people.
The “struggling” Moore has already raised more than $32,235 of his $250,000 legal defense fund goal.
In a message posted to Facebook, Moore indicated he’d raised $32,235 out of a goal of $250,000 for the fund, which was established to help the former Alabama chief justice fight a lawsuit filed by Leigh Corfman, one of the women who said Moore had sexual contact with her when she was a teenager. Corfman filed a defamation suit after the election, claiming Moore and his campaign defamed her by saying she was a liar and immoral.
Moore, who denies the allegations, has asked the judge to dismiss Corfman’s suit over issues on where it was filed.
It’s interesting to note that Moore’s legal argument isn’t that the lawsuit is meritless or unsubstantiated; it’s that he thinks it was filed in the wrong jurisdiction. It’s too late to hold Moore accountable for his actions when she was a teenager, but because of his negative words against her during the campaign, she may get some justice after all.
That must be why he’s fighting this so hard. And he’s doing what so many conservative Christians do when they’re in the wrong: blaming everybody else for his problems. His wrath extends to “the liberal media” and (naturally) “gays, lesbians, and transgenders [sic.]”
“I have lawyers who want to help but they are not without cost and besides their fees, legal expenses could run over $100,000,” Moore wrote to supporters. “The liberal media, in association with some who want to destroy our country do not want my influence in the 2018 elections and are doing everything they can to stop me.
“Gays, lesbians, and transgenders have joined forces with those who believe in abortion, sodomy, and destruction of all that we hold dear. Unless we stand together we will lose our country,” he added.
Moore is hardly as destitute as he claims to be, as the Washington Post noted last October:
… privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.
On top of that, just before December’s election, Moore was approved to receive an annual pension worth $135,845 for his stint as Chief Justice.
I don’t know how this lawsuit will turn out, but my gut tells me no amount of fundraising will help him escape accountability. He couldn’t even get enough Alabama Republicans on his side for the election. His desire to milk his supporters for their cash, for a lawsuit he brought upon himself, is hardly something anyone should get worked up about.