A new advertisement for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual abuse by nine women, is trying to convince Alabama voters that he is the victim of a sinister conspiracy.
After reviewing Moore's military and judicial background and claiming that there had not been "a hint of scandal" before the current election, the ad claimed that the current accusations against Moore were part of an election-related conspiracy to derail his campaign.
"But four weeks before the election, false allegations!" the ad's narrator intoned. "A scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment to protect their big government trough."
It added, "But we know a vote for Roy Moore means conservative judges, tax cuts and rebuilding the military."
One of the more striking visuals in the ad occurred during its swipe at the "Republican establishment." During that line, a photograph of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was altered to show a glowing crown on his head. The same visual also showed pictures of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After the accusations against Moore came out, McConnell publicly called for the candidate to step down and stated that he believed Moore's accusers.
In another interesting twist for the Alabama Senate race, a retired Marine colonel named Lee Busby announced that he would run as a write-in candidate, according to The Washington Post. Busby's stated intention is to run as a centrist alternative to Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
"I think you can flip this thing. If this were a military operation, the left flank and the right flank are heavily guarded. I think that gives you an opportunity to run straight up the middle," Busby said.