GOP Has ‘Last Resort’ Option If Roy Moore Wins Election — But Will They Use It?

By on November 12, 2017

The Republican Party is in meltdown mode as it struggles to figure out what to do regarding GOP senate candidate Roy Moore.

Moore, who is running as a Republican in the Alabama special election for U.S. Senator next month, has been accused of having inappropriate relationships with teenagers as young as 14-years-old while he was an assistant attorney general in the late 1970s. At the time, Moore was in his early 30s.

Moore has denied the charges made against him, which come from a woman who professes to be a Republican herself, and a Trump voter at that.

Some Republicans have defended Moore against the charges, making excuses for his behavior even if they turn out to be true. Yet some on the right have also made clear that they no longer back him, encouraging voters in Alabama to write-in current Sen. Luther Strange, whom Moore defeated in a primary race earlier this year. Another option Republicans are exploring includes delaying the election itself, a power the governor of Alabama has but isn’t likely to take so close to the current date.

A final option available to the GOP would be simply kicking Moore out should he win.

The U.S. Constitution provides for either house of Congress to expel one of its own members by a two-thirds vote within said house. It’s a difficult task to do, but not entirely impossible, and has often been utilized to result in resignations of lawmakers instead. If Moore wins his senate seat, he could technically be seated, and then subsequently removed from the Senate under the procedural move. If every Democrat voted in favor of it, only 19 additional Republicans would have to vote for the motion as well.

That would create a vacancy in the Senate, which would need to be resolved by having another special election in Alabama.

But would the Republicans actually follow through on that? Probably not, especially with Donald Trump’s all-important tax plan up for a vote in the near future. The fact remains that as long as their majority is as slim as it is, it’s not likely that Republicans are going to show us much in terms of integrity.

Hopefully all of this can be avoided, and Roy Moore will lose to Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the special election next month. But should Moore win, don’t hold your breath waiting for the Republican Party to do the right thing.