Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Republicans must turn their backs on Roy Moore

Alabama GOP nominee for Senate Roger Moore Credits Albert Cesare The Montgomery Advertiser via AP
Howard Terry | 11 November, 2017, 01:12

Moore's Democratic challenger, former USA attorney Doug Jones, had little to say aside from an eight-word campaign statement: "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges".

Henry said he believes Moore's accusers have been stoked by the Democratic Party and may be paid money eventually for their actions. Andy Harris, a Baltimore County Republican, should withdraw his endorsement of Moore, the subject of allegations he initiated relationships with minors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ziegler contends that the allegations against Moore are unlikely to impact his political run as he never had "sexual intercourse" with the 14-year-old girl in question, their relationship "happened nearly 40 years ago", and finally, "Moore fell in love with one of the younger women", namely his wife Kayla.

Four women, now adults, told the WaPo that Moore pursued them romantically when he was grown man, and they were teenagers.

As NPR reported last night, Moore, who was removed as Alabama's chief justice twice for his refusal to comply with federal court decisions, shows no signs of being inclined to leave the race. Harris's campaign committee contributed $1,000 to Moore's campaign in September, and his leadership PAC gave another $1,000 in August.

Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones in a special election to succeed Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become US attorney general.

Harris' congressional office referred questions to his campaign, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between odd and Moore, held in late September.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's name can not be removed from the ballot this close to the election.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, working with a slim 52-48 majority, called on Moore to drop out of the race "if these allegations are true".

That sentiment was later overwhelmingly echoed by other Senate Republicans who said that Moore should step aside if the claims were true, though Moore still appeared to have some support from Republicans who said that he would vote for Moore - whether the allegations were true or not.

But Moore remains defiant and insists he will not quit the race for the 12 December special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat. Even before the sexual abuse accusations became public, Senate Republicans had been asked repeatedly about Moore's more extreme positions on the proper role of the Christian faith in American political life. Much of the Republican establishment - including McConnell and President Donald Trump - supported unusual, while the GOP's more conservative flank - including former Trump strategist Steve Bannon - backed Moore.

Others, Democrats and Republicans alike, said that the nominee should step aside if the accusations have any truth behind them.

Stewart came to the floor and told McConnell and odd that a statement was being sent to reporters.

Mr. Moore was backed by former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon and other conservative leaders.

After The Washington Post article published, Moore sent out a fundraising pitch that included a photo of him with Lee, as well as GOP Sens.

"He seems like a good guy to me", said Pat Hurst, a resident of the town just off Interstate 20 some 75 miles east of Birmingham.

He won't step aside, and he won't be replaced on the ballot. Of these, only Senators Capito and Shelby have denounced Moore's alleged behavior. Luther Strange in Alabama's Republican primary earlier this year. Mr. As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction.

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