Alabama GOP Still Behind Roy Moore

By on November 17, 2017
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It doesn’t appear that the Republican Party of Alabama is fazed by allegations from several women that Senate candidate Roy Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with them while they were teenagers.

The party released a statement on Thursday pledging its continued support for Moore in his upcoming election against Democrat Doug Jones:

“The ALGOP Steering Committee supports Judge Roy Moore as our nominee and trusts the voters as they make the ultimate decision in this crucial race,” said Alabama Republican Party Chair Terry Lathan. “Judge Moore has vehemently denied the allegations made against him. He deserves to be presumed innocent of the accusations unless proven otherwise. He will continue to take his case straight to the people of Alabama.”

Moore isn’t backing down, either. During a campaign rally on Thursday, he took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to task for trying to pressure him out of the race.

“This is an effort by Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama and they will not stand for it,” said Moore.

It’s interesting that Moore would go after McConnell rather than Jones (or even the Democratic party) in his tirades. It’s no secret that McConnell favored Moore’s primary candidate, Luther Strange, and that the Majority Leader has been trying to find a way to keep the former Alabama supreme court justice out of the Senate without having to cede the election to the Democrats. Much to McConnell’s chagrin, Moore has refused to drop out of the race.

Recent polling has put Jones up by double digits in the race with just a little less more than four weeks to go. The race had been neck-and-neck before this latest scandal. Alabama voters will head to the polls on Dec. 12 to decide who Alabama’s next Senator will be.