On the eve of Alabama's special election, Republican candidate Roy Moore relinquished his avoidance of the campaign trail to rally with supporters. The event began with Bill Staehle, a man who served with Moore in Vietnam, who attempted to defend Moore's virtue by claiming the two went to a brothel employing underage girls - but Moore opted not to partake.
Eight women have accused the candidate of sexual misconduct or inappropriate romantic pursuit when they were teenage girls, making the following story all the more interesting:
Staehle told the story of a night he spent with Moore and a third man, who he did not name. According to Staehle, it was the third man’s last night in Vietnam and the man invited them to a “private club” in the city to celebrate with “a couple of beers.”
Expecting the club to be legitimate, Moore and Saehle went along, only to find they had arrived at a brothel.
“There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls. They were young. Some were very young,” Staehle acknowledged. But according to Staehle, Moore was shocked by what he saw. “We shouldn’t be here, I’m leaving,” Moore said, according to Staehle.
The two left the third man and returned home.
Staehle viewed this story as a triumphant example of Moore’s sterling moral character. Although Staehle hasn’t seen Moore in 45 years, he said, “He’s the same guy… He’s honorable. He’s disciplined. Morally straight. Highly principled.”