GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations

Marsha Scott
November 11, 2017

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations made against Senate candidate Roy Moore, one high profile Alabama politician is defending Moore.

A senior official in the U.S. state of Alabama has used the Bible to condone Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's reported sexual misconduct with minors and dismissed the furore over the allegations as "much ado about nothing". Several other women said they dated Moore while in their teens, but the contact didn't go beyond kissing.

As pressure on Moore grew, it emerged from a Federal Election Commission filing that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is ending its fundraising agreement with him.

In Washington, Republican senators responded to the report with shock and dismay, telling reporters that if the claims were true, Moore should exit the race immediately.

"When I asked what does he believe the motivation is with these women coming forward, making the accusations they have, again, Jerry Moore says it's money and the Democratic Party, implying that they are doing this because they're being paid in some way, and it is for the objective of derailing or interrupting this campaign", Savidge said.

Washington Republicans have called for Moore to step aside if the allegations are true. Republican leaders later blamed those comments for potentially costing Republicans the Senate majority that year. "A 14-year-old girl. It's beyond any comprehension".

Defiant as ever, Moore himself issued a fundraising appeal asking for emergency donations in a "spiritual battle".

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Take Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler, for one.

And if Moore still wins, Republicans in the Senate will be stuck with him for six years-not just as a damn-the-torpedoes firebrand, but now an accused child molester to boot.

Moore defeated Luther Strange, who was backed by Mr. Trump, for the Republican nomination in September. The Senate's GOP leader said if the report is shown to be true, Moore must step aside. That's what I mean when I say opposition party, right?

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of the senatorial committee, had said: "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling". If after reading the Washington Post's account with 30 sources and significant details you wouldn't trust a candidate to babysit your adolescent, you shouldn't vote to put him in office either.

Moore's name can not be removed from the ballot before the December 12 special election even if he withdraws from the race, according to John Bennett, a spokesman for the Alabama secretary of state. When I asked Congressman Kevin Cramer about Moore's problems he said he didn't know much about them, a claim which (as I wrote in my column) strains credulity.

While many Republicans moved quickly to distance themselves from Moore, Mr. Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday night compared the Post report to the "Access Hollywood" video. Should state law be changed to keep Moore from the Senate? I believe this is Doug Jones, some of his doings, you know. "Can the people of Alabama be tricked by the liberal fake news or not?" He was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because of his efforts to block marriage equality in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

In the face of that stand-and-fight mentality by Moore, Republicans in Washington are left with a handful of bad - and likely ineffective - options.

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