Around the South for Nov. 10: AL, VA & AR

 

Alabama: Explosive report up-ends Senate race. A Washington Post story alleges Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in a special Senate election next month, engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with Leigh Corfman in 1979, when she was 14 years old and Moore was 32. The contact allegedly included fondling, but not intercourse. Corfman told the Post that she did not bring it up earlier because she did not want to embarrass her children. She added, “There is no one here [in Gadsden] that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel.” The Post story, which Moore has vehemently denied, quotes three other women who say Moore pursued them when they were between 16 and 18 and he was in his 30s; however, no sexual contact was involved. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) says if the story is true, Moore should step aside…….Virginia: Goodlatte retiring. US Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), the term-limited chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection. Goodlatte, 65, represents Virginia’s 6th District (Lynchburg, etc.), which should remain in Republican hands; Trump carried it by almost 25 points, reports The Hill …….Arkansas: Hutchinson pitches trade to Chinese companies. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who has made trade missions a major feature of his administration, was in China last week in talks about exporting Arkansas rice to the country. He told KARK, “They could be slow walking this with President Trump’s visit, so I’m hopeful [Trump’s visit] will accelerate it.” …….