Roy Moore accuser running for public office, would offer him advice
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) —
A local woman involved in the Roy Moore for Senate controversy is now running for office herself.
She came forward with her story-- as first reported in the Washington Post--about Moore wanting to date her and writing her a note of encouragement in a graduation card.
She was 17.
Moore was in his 30s at the time.
CBS 12 met with the aspiring candidate and no questions were off limits in the interview.
Deborah Gibson is not afraid to talk about anything.
She is admittedly new to politics and in the past 24 hours, she's learned about the qualifying process to run for office.
She wants to be a State Representative for District 89.
No party affiliation.
We asked Gibson what she'd say to Moore, a long-ago romantic interest if she saw him today?
She says she'd offer him advice about giving him a speech to get the public's trust back.
"[he should say] 'I want to understand what I've done wrong and move forward differently so that I can continue to serve,' and you know, when you ask people for forgiveness in the Bible belt buckle-- we're generally all about it," Gibson said.
Gibson has been out of the deep south and living in Florida for more than 30 years.
She is a sign language interpreter and business owner.
She says she's disappointed with the Republicans, but under state election rules, she can't run as a Democrat, so she's now unaffiliated.
She told us about a political role model.
"I was a tremendous fan of President Obama and what he was able to do, with him being a high-caliber human being, who served us with a judicious personal demeanor, and I think he was a very put-together and strong leader," Gibson said.
Gibson says the issues she cares about include the opioid crisis, over the development of the south county, protecting the beaches and getting better resources for the deaf community.
She says her life philosophy will serve her well in Tallahassee.
"Thinking of a person who might have different privileges or a lack of them and living in a way that tries to incorporate thinking of all human beings as being of equal value," Gibson said.
Gibson says she is running because her heart is telling her to.