Moore dodges the press as harassment scandal spirals
Democrat Doug Jones is vastly outspending the damaged Alabama GOP Senate candidate on the airwaves.
Roy Moore and his Democratic opponent are hunkering down in the final three weeks of Alabama’s blockbuster Senate campaign, eschewing big public events as they try to manage an election that has exploded beyond their control.
Moore, the Republican nominee rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, has not scheduled any public events open to the press this week as his campaign hopes to avoid stirring further controversy before the December 12 special election. Democrat Doug Jones wants to distract from Moore’s troubles as little as possible in the closing days of the red-state race, instead working behind the scenes to energize African-Americans and other key groups and unleashing a torrent of TV advertising reminding voters of the accusations against Moore…
Jones has refrained from weighing in often about the Moore accusations since the first story broke, when his campaign issued a one-sentence statement calling on Moore to “answer these serious charges.” He’s said he’s content to focus on the issues and allow others to question Moore. But the Democrat has also aired hundreds of TV ads per day in the past week featuring Republican voters saying they can’t back Moore and urging support for Jones, according to Advertising Analytics.“You read the story and it just shakes you,” one woman says in the ad.
“I’m another Republican for Doug Jones,” another woman says.