NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL: It’s best for Roy Moore to step down

With all of the sexual allegations emerging against public figures, from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to former President George H.W. Bush, it’s difficult to know what’s true and what’s not.

Accusations come years, even decades, later in many cases, including those against Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. The media has a glut of such stories to investigate. And the sooner the better, especially in Moore’s case, because no one should want to elect a sexual predator to public office.

The Washington Post has reported allegations that Moore engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and pursued other young women when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Some Republican U.S. Senators are calling for Moore to drop out of the Alabama U.S. Senate race due to the allegations, including Indiana Republican Todd Young. Moore, however, is defiant, insisting he will continue to run.

ABC News reported it has tried to reach out to all 52 Republican senators for their reaction. It said 19 think Moore should withdraw from the race and reported “a majority have qualified their remarks by saying if the allegations are true, Moore should step aside.”

Moore has strongly denied the allegations

Indiana’s Young was joined by Indiana Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly in calling for Moore to step aside. Young went so far as to say that if he doesn’t, the Senate should act to remove him.

“After giving Roy Moore ample time to unequivocally deny the disturbing allegations against him,” Young said, “those allegations remain far more persuasive than the denials.”

President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have echoed Young and others that Moore should step aside if the allegations are true.

As Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada told ABC News: “I believe the women who have come forward. Roy Moore should do what is best for the conservatives of Alabama and step aside.”

We reject those who say Moore should be elected whether the allegations are true or not. And with the weakness of the response to the allegations to this point, we believe Moore’s staying in the race does more harm than good to the conservative cause.