Editorial: Kryptonite

Editorial: Kryptonite
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, November 14, 2017:

I've got to be honest with you, while the saga that is our Senate race lends itself to all kinds of commentary, I've been hesitant to weigh in. The reason - it's pure kryptonite.

We have Judge Moore running for one of our country's highest offices being challenged with accusations of past indiscretions with teenage girls. He denies them and we want to believe him, because the alternative is unfathomable. We have women, now five in total, that have come forth with personal accounts of sexual harassment by this man, and by the same token we want to believe them all, but if we do the unfathomable is before us.

Is taking a stand on the allegations the same as taking a position on the candidates? Can a Republican believe the allegations? Can a Democrat believe the allegations are false? Where do the politics end and the morality - of the accusations, the timing, of whatever really happened - begin?

And there is the kryptonite. And those that can are distancing themselves from this race. The only people that know what happened are those involved: Judge Roy Moore and the five women. We, the voting public, are now left with a daunting task of not only electing our next Alabama Senator based on both candidates' merits, but being the judge and jury in a trial of misconduct. The verdict will be our vote for either Doug Jones or Roy Moore on Dec. 12. I implore all registered voters to vote your conscience on election day, and may the man duly elected by the Alabama electorate be seated in the U.S. Senate.

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