Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

"If there's even a shred of evidence to these accusations, Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Republican Party need to do everything in their power to remove Judge Moore from the ballot", said Steven Law, chief executive of the Senate Leadership Fund. These condemnations have all come in the aftermath of the Washington Post report detailing how Moore, decades ago, had sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl and propositioned three other female minors.

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.

Moore has denied the allegations against him, and his campaign on Thursday said the Post's report, which cited 30 sources, was "garbage", and "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation".

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", McConnell said in a formal statement on behalf of all Republican senators.

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Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

Cleveland Poole, the chairman of the Republican Party in rural Butler County, said those most likely to defect were not ardent Moore supporters but voters who already have doubts.

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"Humphrey Bogart started dating Lauren Bacall when she was a teenager", said state Auditor Jim Ziegler, referring to the then-19-year-old actress. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, he mentioned relationships in the Bible between men and much younger women and said there was "nothing illegal or immoral here". Moore has vehemently denied the allegation. "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election". (The seat is now filled by Luther Strange, who was appointed interim senator after Jeff Sessions was picked to be President Trump's attorney general.) Seven senators sit in the immediate vicinity, either in front, behind, or directly next to the seat. "You can not 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".

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"The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying", said Arizona Sen. But the report unquestionably introduced new waves of uncertainty and turmoil into a race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general.

"It's a bad situation", said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committeeman from neighboring Mississippi. To listen to some Republican officials in the state, Moore is a victim even if he is guilty.

The allegations are so serious, he continued, and the fact that they have been corroborated by a number of women points to Moore needing to shoulder the burden of proving himself to be innocent, King added.

The poll does show Moore losing support disproportionately among self-identified Evangelicals (a majority of Alabama voters), leading Jones in that demographic 58-37; he led by 68-28 in September. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. Moore, an anti-establishment conservative, was twice removed from his state's Supreme Court for judicial misconduct.

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But any write-in campaign would be an uphill battle and end up splitting the GOP vote, making it easier for Democrat Doug Jones to win in an upset.

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