Senate Republican leader calls on Alabama candidate Moore to 'step aside'

Tuesday, 14 Nov, 2017

The story stirred concern among anxious GOP officials in Washington in a key race to fill the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now the US attorney general.

"This is a bridge too far and the Republican Party ought to disown every aspect of him", Kinzinger said, warning that more allegations could be made.

"I believe the women, yes", he said.

Allred said her client, Beverly Young Nelson, would be willing to testify under oath and called on the Senate judiciary committee to hold a hearing and subpoena Moore.

Bannon has identified the flawless person to convince Alabama voters who might be wavering on Roy Moore that the GOP Senate candidate's alleged pursuit of teenage girls is nothing more than a smear campaign by Democrats, establishment Republicans and the media, all working in cahoots: NBC's Chuck Todd.

But the state party and many other Alabama Republicans have not wavered in their support of Moore, who scored a decisive primary victory in September over Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the Sessions seat on an interim basis and was supported by President Donald Trump.

Now people in Alabama have come to reporters at The Washington Post and have told multiple stories of Moore hitting on and in one case molesting teenage girls.

McConnell said a write-in effort by another candidate was a possibility.

A Democratic win in Alabama would be a blow to Trump's agenda and shift the political outlook for next year's midterm elections, giving Democrats a shot at gaining the three seats they need to recapture control of the U.S. Senate. "It's his responsibility to step forward and say more and do more when it comes to the situation in Alabama", Durbin, D-Ill., said on CNN's "State of the Union". Nelson alleged that Moore then "reached over and began groping me and putting his hands on my breasts". "We have four children", adding that he has one daughter and five granddaughters. Moore has denied the allegations in the report.

"But, having said that, he hasn't been proved guilty", Short added. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said he "should step aside." Sen.

Moore is an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge.

"It's just really a matter as to whether he ought to be the candidate, the standard-bearer of the Republican Party", said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on "This Week" on ABC. "It was a Scott Walker, a Scott P. Walker, I'm Scott Kevin Walker", Walker said.

But a write-in candidacy would be complicated by the fact that Moore's name has already been printed on absentee voter ballots and the deadline for withdrawal from the race has long since passed.