Always a Palm Beach County connection: Roy Moore edition

Debbie Wesson Gibson of Delray Beach looks through a scrapbook from her senior year in high school, where several pages include what she says is evidence of her relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17 and he was 34. (Photo by Jon Gerberg/The Washington Post)

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore — the accused child molester who on Monday won the explicit support of President Donald Trump ahead of next week’s special election — once dated a 17-year-old high school student while he was a 34-year-old assistant district attorney, the woman recalled this week.

Debbie Wesson Gibson, now 54 and living in Delray Beach, said she decided to share her story and a handwritten graduation note she says was written by Moore after hearing Moore say “I do not know any of these women.”

Moore is in a close race with Democrat Doug Jones in a Senate contest rocked by a Washington Post report that Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 and pursued relationships with other teenage girls around the same time. Moore has denied any misconduct.

Trump, initially silent on the Moore allegations, began criticizing Jones last month and on Monday tweeted that “we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.” Trump will likely promote Moore on Friday night when he holds a campaign rally in Pensacola, which is part of the Mobile, Alabama media market.

 

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