While the chattering classes in Washington and elsewhere duke it out over last-minute allegations of sexual impropriety by Roy Moore ahead of a key special election, one Alabama politician is firing back, calling its timing politically motivated.

State Rep. Ed Henry (above image) “lashed out” at the Washington Post report and DC pols who are calling for Moore to step aside from the all-important special election, which will be held December 12.

He told the Cullman Times of Alabama that “The idea that accusations like this would stop his campaign is ludicrous. If this was a habit, like you’ve read with Bill Cosby and millions of dollars paid to settle cases and years of witnesses, that would be one thing. You cannot tell me there hasn’t been an opportunity through the years to make these accusations with as many times as he’s (Moore) run (for office) and been in the news.”

With nearly 40 years passing since the alleged incidents with underage girls are said to have occurred, Henry believes too much time has passed and that any victims should have spoken up ages ago.

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,” he told the publication.

Finally, Henry sees the unfolding story as too convenient for “establishment” Republicans who opposed Moore during a bitter GOP primary: “(Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (Arizona Sen.) John McCain, what they said about Moore ending his campaign just really gets to me. They are two of the biggest goobers we have in Washington D.C.,” Henry said. “Even (U.S. Sen. Richard) Shelby was a coward with his comments. He’s not going to like Roy Moore because Shelby was a Democrat for a long time. Everyone close to the establishment is going to love this.”

With Moore having been in the political spotlight for decades and the tens of millions that were spent on that primary fight, it does seem incredible that such an explosive story would emerge at the last minute. As it would seem a textbook example of last-minute political hit job, what role the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post may have had in delaying publication or shaping the story for partisan political gain should be carefully examined.

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Henry image: Cullman Times of Alabama