GOP leaders bolt from Senate candidate Moore after sex claim

Posted November 11, 2017

It's the distance that would matter to the state Republican party, and more so for the national party.

The Washington Post alleged Thursday that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Moore, now 70, has twice served as Alabama's chief justice. Harris's campaign committee contributed $1,000 to Moore's campaign in September, and his leadership PAC gave another $1,000 in August. Second: the NRSC's preferred candidate would have been current incumbent Luther Strange, and this might free them up to help fund a Luther write-in campaign.

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

The top Senate Republican says if the report about Alabama candidate Roy Moore and sexual contact with a 14-year-old is true, he should drop out of the race.

Attempting to pin a scandal involving one member of a party on everyone else in the party is a well-worn political tactic, though Maryland Democrats have generally not spent much time engaging with Harris.

Rev. Jim Martin, editor at large of the Jesuit magazine America, tweeted Friday that "comparing the allegations against Roy Moore in any way to Joseph and Mary is disgusting".

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".

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Washington Republicans have called for Moore to step aside if the allegations are true.

"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections", Romney wrote on Twitter. Odd filled the seat that was open when Jeff Sessions left to become the attorney general. Much of the Republican establishment - including McConnell and President Donald Trump - supported odd, while the GOP's more conservative flank - including former Trump strategist Steve Bannon - backed Moore. "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".

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is facing lurid allegations of sexual misconduct with minors decades ago - and an immediate backlash from party leaders demanding he get out of the race if the accusations prove true. "Moore has come out and denied it so you would think that he's telling the truth". By Friday morning, Moore's allies were defending him and throwing doubt on his accusers, framing the story as a typical clash between conservatives and an untrustworthy media.

In addition to the seriousness of the allegations, experts and analysts say that it could cause some serious problems for the GOP's recent tax reform push.

Despite such support, experienced Republican operatives believe the Alabama Senate seat, held by the GOP for the last 20 years, is now at risk. His campaign has described them as a Democratic attempt to undermine his bid for the Senate, ahead of the special election on December 12.

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.

On Friday, a day after news of the allegations broke, the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to end participation in a joint fundraising committee with Moore's campaign.