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Roy Moore backs Missouri Senate candidate who wants wife at home cooking dinner


The Missouri GOP primary is August 7 and Sykes appears to be a ... He said in that September interview that women should have "home-based enterprises and live in homes with good husbands and I don't want (daughters) to grow up into career-obsessed banshees ...


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By Paul Gattis pgattis@al.com UPDATED AT 1:24 P.M.: Courtland Sykes issued a statement Monday afternoon, stating that he is "deeply honored" to receive an endorsement from Roy Moore. "No man in public life today has shown greater courage in standing up again and again for our conservative causes than Judge Moore," Sykes said in the statement"No man." Sykes also said in the statement that the women who accused Moore of unwanted sexual advances when they were teens were "hired" and their stories "invented." Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations. "Now they think they have a formula to destroy conservatism for 2018 and beyond-- the fake accusation plan -- they will use hired 'victims' -- women who take money, paid in cash or in fame to star in last-minute 'pop-up stories' written too late to defend," Sykes said in the statement"No matter the stories are inventedNo matter the women are paid." None of the women have said they were paidLeigh Corfman, who made the most serious charges against Moore and has filed a defamation lawsuit against him, has said she was not paid.    Original story: Roy Moore, the twice-elected former Alabama chief justice and Republican nominee in the state's U.SSenate election last year, is jumping back into the political spotlight. And maybe a bit more controversy. Moore announced Monday that he has endorsed Courtland Sykes in the Missouri Republican Senate primarySykes, a longshot in the race with little funding, supported Moore during his Senate campaign last year and has come under scrutiny for comments he made about women in September. "I want to come home to a home-cooked meal at 6 every night, one that (my wife) fixes and one that I expect to have my daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives - think Norman Rockwell here and Gloria Steinem be damned," Sykes said in a statement posted on his campaign Facebook page as his response to an interview question about supporting women's rights. In a letter sent to reporters on Monday and dated last Friday, Moore described Sykes as "a friend" who is "a man of vision and principle who will make a real difference in the United States Senate." Moore went on to say that "Courtland is a man of impeccable character, courage and Christian faithWe need men like Courtland Sykes in the Senate of the United States, a leader who will not only say what is right but also a leader who will do what is right!" During Moore's campaign last November, The Kansas City Star reported that Sykes described the former judge as "a legendary patriot who stands up and fights no matter what" in a 40-minute mini-documentary. Sykes also described the women who accused Moore of making unwanted sexual advances against them when they were teens and he was in his 30s as making "floozy attacks," according to The Star. Moore has denied all of the allegationsOne of his accusers, Leigh Corfman, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Moore. The Missouri GOP primary is August 7 and Sykes appears to be a decided underdogThe race has focused on frontrunners Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, and Josh Hawley, the leading GOP candidate and current Missouri attorney general. Two other Republican candidates in the race also have more money on hand than Sykes, who reported a campaign account balance of only $1,180 as of Jan31, according to the Federal Election Commission. Sykes, a political newcomer, has made his name known for his comments on womenHe said in that September interview that women should have "home-based enterprises and live in homes with good husbands and I don't want (daughters) to grow up into career-obsessed banshees who forego home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic, hell-bent feminist she devils who shriek from the tops of a thousand tall buildings they think they could have leaped over in a single bound - had men not (been) 'suppressing them.' It's just nutsIt always was." In a Kansas City Star report on Sykes' comments about women, Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford said, "Bless his heart." A spokesman for another GOP candidate, Austin Petersen, had a similar response, according to The Star. "Never interfere with an enemy while he's in the process of destroying himself," spokesman Jeffrey Carson said. Updated today, February 26, 2018, at 1:24 p.mwith statement from Sykes. 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