The Republican National Committee has decided to do the bare minimum and cut off its financial support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, an accused sexual predator.
According to the campaign’s most recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission, Moore’s backing from the RNC is no more. There are only two fundraising groups that appear on the FEC filing: Judge Roy Moore For U.S. Senate, his campaign committee, and the Alabama Republican Party.
Politico also reported on Tuesday that the RNC would pull its paid canvassers from Alabama who were working for Moore. Last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee withdrew from its fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign after four women told The Washington Post that Moore had pursued them when they were teens and he was in his 30s. On Monday, a fifth woman accused Moore of attempted rape when she was 16 and he was a Gadsden, AL, district attorney.
Strange, though, I seem to remember another Republican candidate whom more than a dozen women accused of sexual assault and harassment that continued to receive RNC funding despite their claims. Funny how that works; decidedly unfunny how that candidate is now president.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at a press conference in Kentucky on Monday that Moore was unfit to serve in congress. “I believe the women, yes,” McConnell added. When the Kentucky senator was asked whether he believed President Trump’s accusers on Tuesday he deflected. “We’re talking about the issue in Alabama,” McConnell said.
Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday night, McConnell also publicly floated the idea of encouraging Alabama voters to write-in current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who previously held the seat. “The Alabamian who would fit that profile would be the attorney general,” McConnell said. “He’s totally well known and extremely popular in Alabama.”