Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Monday told AL.com via text that he will vote for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore because the importance of addressing American challenges outweigh the ramifications of Moore's alleged sexual misconduct.
What did he say?
"America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago," Brooks said, according to AL.com. "Who will vote in America's best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like?"
"Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong," Brooks maintained. "Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore."
Moore faces Jones in a special election Dec. 12 to fill a Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
While Brooks would not commit to an answer on whether he believed the allegations, he did point to the Duke University lacrosse case.
"As a Duke grad, I vividly remember the false accusations against and defamation of the Duke lacrosse team," Brooks said. "The players were horribly treated by the news media until the truth finally came out and totally exonerated them.
"As an attorney, I know accusations are easy," he said. "Proving them to the satisfaction of a judge, a jury, or here, voters, is another thing. I do not know enough of the evidence to know with confidence what the true facts are."
According to AL.com, Brooks suggested that there is enough political motivation to make false claims in the case of Moore.
What is the latest on the allegations against Moore?
Moore on Monday issued a statement denying the latest allegation, which was publicized earlier in the day:
"We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone. This is a witch hunt against a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character."