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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Roy Moore and Teenage Girls: Do the Math


At AL.com Kyle Whitmire on accused child molester Roy Moore:
First, read his book. In it, Moore describes how he met his wife at a Christmas party hosted by friends. He would have been 37. She was 23.
"Many years before, I had attended a dance recital at Gadsden State Junior College,"
Moore wrote. "I remembered one of the special dances performed by a young woman whose first and last names began with the letter 'K.' It was something I had never forgotten. Could that young woman have been Kayla Kisor?"
Moore later determined that it was.
"Long afterward, I would learn that Kayla had, in fact, performed a special dance routine at Gadsden State years before," he wrote.
Take a second to think about what's being said here. Moore first took notice of Kayla at a dance recital?
Perhaps you're wondering what "many years" means, and I wondered that too. Luckily, Moore again has cleared that up for us.
In an interview Moore gave earlier this year, he gave a similar account, but for one detail.
"It was, oh gosh, eight years later, or something, I met her," Moore said. "And when she told me her name, I remembered 'K. K.,' and I said, 'Haven't I met you before?'"
It's a simple matter of subtraction. When Roy Moore first took notice of Kayla she would have been as young as 15.
 There's a little fuzziness, to be sure, in the timeline. There's the "or something" Moore fudges with in the interview. Eight years before could have been slightly too early to put Moore in Gadsden, he started work as an deputy district attorney there in 1977.
So maybe she was 15, or maybe she was 16. But still, here is a grown man at about 30 years old attending a girls' dance recital, and doing what exactly?