White House urges Moore to leave Senate race if sex allegations true

Saturday, 11 Nov, 2017

Paul Reynolds, Alabama's Republican National Committeeman, called it "a firestorm created to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama". The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

Most Senate Republicans took an "if true" stance, as Talking Points Memo puts it - that is, saying that the women's accounts of their experiences are not enough to prompt calls for Moore's resignation but that he should remove himself from the race if the accusations are legitimate. Then, even if he has to retire from politics later, the Alabama governor can fill the seat by appointing another Republican.

Ivey said she would vote for Moore, who is up against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election, but has a policy of not offering endorsements.

"Like most Americans, the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life", Ms. Sanders said.

"The President also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", she added.

Jerry Moore said, "he knows. that the allegations against Roy Moore are not true, not true at all", Savidge reported.

Moore beat Republican establishment-backed Sen. He referenced the Alabama controversy only briefly during an appearance Thursday night in New Hampshire.

On Thursday evening, Hannity was on a radio show discussing the Post report.

Bannon asks, "Now is that a coincidence?"

"I'm not buying it", Henry said. "They're blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore", he said.

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

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

That view was shared by Scott Reed, a political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who opposed Moore's nomination.

The Washington Post first reported, and CBS News has since confirmed, that four women accused Moore of pursuing them when they were teens.

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, spoke with a number of Alabama Republican county chairs.

In a letter Friday seeking funding for his legal defense, Moore blamed the "Obama-Clinton Machine" for launching "the most vicious and nasty round of attacks me I've EVER seen".

After the Washington Post's report was published, Moore tweeted he would "NEVER GIVE UP" and vowed "to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war" on his campaign.

"I'm prepping my candidate for what he is going to say if he is asked", said one Republican campaign manager for a top 2018 race, who asked to speak anonymously to not draw attention to race. She says Moore touched her and forced her to touch him.

Officials in Alabama said the opinions of national Republican leaders would have little effect on the state party. Alabama's secretary of state confirmed Wednesday to CBS News that it is too late to change the ballot. Bennett says In such a scenario, even if Moore earned more votes than the Democrat, the state canvassing board would declare the Democrat the victor. Luther Strange as a write-in candidate - would favor Jones with roughly 44% of the vote, followed by Moore at 41%, and Strange at 12%.

The biggest Senate GOP super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, excoriated Moore Thursday, but it had already spent millions attacking the far-right former Supreme Court Justice to prop up odd in the GOP primary. Gardner chairs the Republican senatorial campaign committee. Several other Republicans, including Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Utah Senator Mike Lee, all of whom endorsed Moore, echoed that sentiment.

The problem, as readily became apparent from Moore's defiant statements, is that he isn't going to step aside.

CNN correspondent Martin Savidge spoke with Jerry Moore by phone, and said that he suggested the women who have made accusations against his brother are being paid by the Democratic Party to come forward. They did not have sexual intercourse, the Post said.