A senior official in the U.S. state of Alabama has used the Bible to condone Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's reported sexual misconduct with minors and dismissed the furore over the allegations as "much ado about nothing". "Here we go - another Steve Bannon special", Reed said.
Alabama political strategist David Mowery, who has worked for candidates of both parties, said the chance of Moore bowing out of the race was "less than zero", and that it was nearly as improbable for state party officials to abandon him in favor of a last-minute write-in candidate.
He denies the women's reports and says he won't quit the race. In a campaign news release at the time, Harris described Moore as someone who would bring "principle to the Senate" and said he had a "backbone of steel".
Those senators are: Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Tom Cotton of Arizona, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and Richard Shelby of Alabama. That could be just noise in a poll with a small sample size, but if it indicates Evangelicals (Moore's base) are reacting more strongly to the Post allegations than others, Moore is in bigger trouble than the overall numbers indicate. The Washington Post reported the allegations Thursday.
In Washington, Republican senators responded to the report with shock and dismay, telling reporters that if the claims were true, Moore should exit the race immediately. The Republican National Committee continues to be a part of the joint fundraising agreement with Moore's campaign and the Alabama Republican Party.
Paul Reynolds tells The Associated Press: "This is a firestorm created to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama". I think there's a good chance. None of the four women approached the newspaper, the Post says; reporters reached out to them after hearing rumors of Moore's behavior in the '70s and '80s. "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".
Reynolds says, "This is a deliberate effort to discourage the campaign from being able to put together the team it needs to carry forward".
John Skipper, former chair of the Mobile County Republican Party in Alabama, echoed Moore's sentiment. The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell has called on Moore to step aside in the Alabama Senate race if the allegations are true. (The seat is now filled by Luther Strange, who was appointed interim senator after Jeff Sessions was picked to be President Trump's attorney general.) Seven senators sit in the immediate vicinity, either in front, behind, or directly next to the seat. Then, even if he has to retire from politics later, the Alabama governor can fill the seat by appointing another Republican.
It was widely reported in the media that Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice and the Republican nominee for a vacant Senate seat in Alabama, had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old.
"If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years", Henry told the paper.
A spokesman for the state Democratic Party said Rep.
None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.