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NRSC Says It Will ‘Never’ Support Roy Moore
National Republican Senatorial Committee Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said on Thursday that his organization would never endorse Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“Roy Moore will never have the support of the senatorial committee. We will never endorse him. We won’t support him,” Gardner told the Weekly Standard. “I won’t let that happen. Nothing will change. I stand by my previous statement.”
When sexual allegations against Moore first surfaced in early November, Gardner was one one of the first prominent Republicans to speak out against his candidacy. He even went so far as to say the Senate should expel the alleged child molester should he actually win the election.
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” said Gardner. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
When asked about the NRSC’s divergence from President Trump, who has gone on the record to support Moore, Gardner didn’t back down.
“We’ve taken a different position,” he said. “I think our position is right.”
It doesn’t take a genius to agree that the NRSC’s position is right on this issue. It should be a no-brainer to not support someone who has been accused of sexually assaulting minors and having relationships with other teenagers while he was in his 30s.
The Republican National Committee and the president don’t seem to agree, though. Both have gone on the record supporting Moore as the Senate race winds down. The polls are neck and neck, and for many of the GOP ilk, having a child molester in office is preferable to a Democrat. That’s the Republican Party as it stands in 2017.