Politics really sucks. When even the indefensible is defended — and defended using Jesus’ parents Mary and Joseph — you know that something is terribly, horribly wrong with some politicians and the way their brains work.
Case in point: Alabama state Auditor Jim Ziegler, who defended Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore after accusations were made about him making sexual contact with a 14-year-old-girl when he was in his 30s.
Ziegler seemed unconcerned about that allegation and told the WashingtonExaminerthat any political concern would be mitigated by three things. Moore never had “sexual intercourse” with the girl. Their relationship “happened almost 40 years ago.” And finally, “Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.”
Moore began dating his wife Kayla around this time, according to Ziegler. “He dated her. He married her, and they’ve been married about 35 years. They’re blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore.”
Asked whether or not the report would upend Moore’s campaign, Ziegler predicted that Alabama voters would be angrier at the Washington Post for “desperately trying to get something negative” than Moore for his dalliances with teenage girls decades ago.
“He’s clean as a hound’s tooth,” Ziegler claimed, before relying on Scripture to defend Moore.
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Yes, I would call sexual assault against a 14-year-old girl “unusual.”
I doubt if Moore is still viable at this point. He’s trying to pass it off as “fake news,” but that only works for Trump. Roy doesn’t have the chops to pull off that kind of lie.