In a surprise announcement this afternoon, a Republican senator stated unequivocally that he would support the Democratic candidate in the Alabama special election scheduled for December 12 pitting former judge (and accused child rapist) Roy Moore against Doug Jones to fill the vacancy left when Jeff Sessions was appointed as Attorney General under the Trump administration.
It has been a contentious race so far. First, during the primaries to select the Republican candidate, President Donald Trump supported candidate Luther Strange. Strange has been filling the seat since Sessions left because he was appointed by then-governor Robert Bentley (who has since resigned in shame after being caught having an extra-marital affair). Strange lost the primary to Moore, who was supported by Steve Bannon and a host of other incorrigible jerks.
Until last week, it was a neck-and-neck race between Jones and Moore, but Jones has been steadily gaining traction since reports broke about Moore’s sexual predator background. Moore has (of course) denied the allegations revealed in the Washington Post on November 9 brought by four women. A fifth woman stepped forward today. When it rains, it pours apparently.
Retiring Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who had already withheld his support from Moore because of Moore’s comments against Muslims serving in Congress has stepped forward. It is refreshing to see a Republican that chastises another Republican for improprieties. Flake said today that he would support Democrat Doug Jones if Moore remains in the race, and he tweeted:
Come on, Republicans. Is this who we are? This cannot be who we are.
There has been no shortage of Republicans stepping forward over the past couple of days to denounce Moore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated earlier today, “I believe the women, yes. I think he should step aside.” Moore attempted to retaliate against McConnell on Twitter, but that backfired just a wee bit.
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered a statement during an interview with the Texas Tribune:
“As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges, without a serious persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true,” Cruz said. He added that “grown men don’t typically sign high school girls’ yearbooks.”
Full interview with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on the allegations against Roy Moore: pic.twitter.com/XcAtuWs00E
— Claire Allbright (@claireallbright) November 13, 2017
As the story continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see how many other Republicans will decide that they just can’t stomach having an accused child molester in their ranks. They’re about 18 months too late, but I guess better late than never.
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