GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations

GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations

GOP Senate campaign arm abandons Roy Moore following sexual allegations

The Senate's campaign arm has severed ties with Alabama's Roy Moore, a day after a bombshell report alleged that he had groped, kissed and pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Now the Washington Post has published the allegations of women claiming Moore sought romantic and even physical relationships with them when he was in his 30's and they were younger than 18.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which fundraises for Senate candidates, is no longer listed as one of the beneficiaries of a joint fundraising committee benefitting Moore, per paperwork filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

This, even as Moore's would-be Republican colleagues have called on him to quit the race if the allegations were true.

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

Moore has said he plans to continue his campaign and there has been no signal from the state Republican Party that they are seriously considering seeking to disqualify him from the December 12 general election ballot.

The Moore campaign denied the report as "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation". John McCain, an Arizona Republican and former presidential candidate, said the same Thursday. As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction.

An Alabama state official is citing the Bible to defend the Republican U.S. Senate candidate accused of sexual advances on girls.

Isaac Boltansky, an analyst at research firm Compass Point, noted that the polling Alabama was already relatively close between Moore and his Democratic competitor, Doug Jones, and the recent allegations could throw the race into flux. "They became parents of Jesus", Ziegler was quoted as saying by the Washington Examiner.

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Blatter, speaking through his spokesman, denied the incident. "I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen". Blatter, now 81, was banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 after serving as president since 1998.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell added, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". Luther Strange, R-Ala., who lost the GOP primary to Moore.

"I think Roy Moore needs to step aside now", Kinzinger, from IL, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" Friday.

The race included personal appearances from President Trump, in support of unusual, and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, backing Moore.

Still, the news, first reported by The Daily Beast, marks a notable step by GOP establishment to distance itself from the party's embattled candidate for Senate in Alabama, who reportedly forced a woman into a sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32.

In response to the allegations, Becky Ashley said: "I don't believe them at all".

Reynolds says the timing of the allegations in a report from The Washington Post is too coincidental, with only a month left in the campaign.

"Take Joseph and Mary".

Moore himself was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2016 after refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

In a Washington Post story, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said that when she was 14 and Moore 32, they dated for a time, and while they were alone in his home, he stripped her to her undergarments, touched her over her bra and panties, and guided his hand to touch his genitals through his underwear.

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