2 AL sheriffs refute Roy Moore campaign's endorsement claims - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

2 AL sheriffs refute Roy Moore campaign's endorsement claims

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Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego. (Source: Jonathan Hardison/WBRC) Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego. (Source: Jonathan Hardison/WBRC)
A portion of the Moore campaign release. (Source: Roy Moore Campaign) A portion of the Moore campaign release. (Source: Roy Moore Campaign)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Two Alabama sheriffs say they never endorsed Roy Moore for Senate, despite a Moore campaign press release Wednesday saying they had.

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego say they were never asked for, nor supplied their endorsement in the U.S. Senate race.

A press release from the Moore campaign on Wednesday listed 13 Alabama sheriffs it says endorsed the Republican candidate, with Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego’s name at the top of that list.

We reached out for comment Thursday in the wake of a Washington Post report that Moore allegedly initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32

Samaniego said someone from the Moore campaign reached out to him about the Sheriff’s Association meeting at which Moore appeared this week, but never asked for, nor received Samaniego’s endorsement.

“The information is inaccurate. I was never asked to endorse Roy Moore and I did not endorse Roy Moore. This is the thing. I don’t get involved in other people’s races, and I didn’t get involved in this one,” said Gentry.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver was not at the event yesterday, but said he did support Moore, though he had not heard about the Washington Post story until we reached him, and did not want to comment until he had seen the report.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin was also absent from that event, but did confirm to us he did endorse Moore. He released a statement as follows:

I did give an endorsement for Roy Moore just yesterday.  This came before the sexual misconduct allegations came to light.  I did not have prior knowledge of these allegations.  I will always stand by the victim of any crime and wish the alleged wrongdoing had been reported at the time it allegedly occurred.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.  If these allegations are proven truth, I will withdraw my endorsement.

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