On Roy Moore, Senate Republicans have options — just no consensus.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he believed the allegations against Roy Moore for sexual misconduct pursuing minors. Then National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said the Senate should “expel” Moore.
“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” Gardner said in a statement.
These calls are growing among the Republican senators. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Todd Young (R-IN) also joined in the call to expel him. More Republicans are saying Moore should withdraw from the race — even suggesting Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who lost to Moore in the primary, run as a write-in candidate. (Strange has said it’s highly unlikely he will.) Finally, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — who recently dropped out of his own primary reelection over distaste for Trump — said Alabama voters should cast their votes for Democrat Doug Jones.
Moore, who is now denying multiple first-person accounts of sexual assault and misconduct with teenage girls, has refused to step aside, instead saying the story is “false” and insisting he will sue the Washington Post, which broke the story.
But even mired in scandal, and with his national party turning against him, it’s still highly possible Moore could still win. The Alabama state GOP has rallied around him, and polls still show the former state Supreme Court judge in the lead.
Republicans have shown a willingness to look past a lot of Moore past actions. He’s previously questioned Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) position in Congress for being a Muslim, said he believes homosexuality should be illegal, and has twice been removed from his seat on Alabama’s top court for …read more
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