Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been under attack in a most unprecedented way for the last several months after accusers suddenly came forward claiming the man sexually assaulted them and that he had been with an underage girl when he was 31-years-old.
While there are tons of allegations and rumors floating around, all of them on shaky ground given the questionable integrity of the individuals making the claims, there’s one in particular that just got dismantled thanks to a soldier coming forward to show his support for Moore and to testify about his upstanding character.
According to American News Hub, Bill Staehle, an old friend of Moore’s who served with him in Vietnam, attended a rally that Moore put on Monday night in Alabama, where in the final moments before closing out the event, folks came out and stated why they were backing the judge.
Staehle recounted the time he and Moore ended up in a brothel, and what Moore did once they entered that testifies to the strength of his character.
Staehle, who is now 70, was a captain in the Military Police at a base just outside Da Nang, a perennial hot spot. Moore was a West Point grad and also a captain.
The evening in question began when a third officer, who was about to return to the States, came by in a Jeep and invited the two out for a beer to celebrate.
“It was interesting because the guy came down from Quang Tri and they had seen some tough duty,” Staehle recalled when I talked with him on the phone Monday.
He expected they’d go to a bar and talk. Instead the guy pulled up at a nondescript house that was guarded by a couple South Vietnamese police with automatic weapons.
“We went inside and as soon as we walked in, Roy and I knew it was a brothel,” he said. “The captain we were with was greeted by a couple of women and he obviously knew what was going on.
“Before anyone could come up to us, Moore said, ‘We shouldn’t be here. We’re leaving,'” said Staehle. “The captain we were with said ‘I’ll get a ride home. Take my jeep.'”
Staehle is also quoted by The Daily Mail as saying:
‘I could tell you what I saw, but I don’t want to,’ Staehle first told the crowd, gathered in a large rustic barn used for weddings, before divulging some details. ‘There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls. They were young. Some were probably very young.’
Staehle says he was really impressed by the honor and integrity that Moore showed during that incident, leading him to comment on the recent allegations against his old friend by saying the following:
“What I saw, felt and knew about him in Vietnam stands in stark contrast to those allegations,” he said. “I sincerely doubt that Roy’s character had changed fundamentally and dramatically in a few short years later.”
At the time of this writing, the election is underway, and we’ve heard from Moore’s supporters that this is a man of integrity and honor who sticks to his principles, contrary to what his accusers are saying about him. Now we’ll have to wait and see if the people of Alabama feel the same way.
Let’s pray that they do.