Politics Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations

04:20  11 november  2017
04:20  11 november  2017 Source:   The Hill

Romney says he believes Roy Moore's accuser, calls on Senate candidate to step aside

  Romney says he believes Roy Moore's accuser, calls on Senate candidate to step aside <p>Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor, weighed in on Friday on the sexual misconduct allegations facing Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.</p>"Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore," Romney wrote on Twitter. "Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.

Two Republican senators have unendorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him. I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate .

Two Republican senators have unendorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Both announced they would no longer endorse Moore for Senate on Friday night.

Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations © Provided by The Hill Two GOP senators withdraw Roy Moore endorsements after sexual misconduct allegations Two Republican senators have unendorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) following reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

GOP Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Steve Daines (Mont.) both announced they would no longer endorse Moore for Senate on Friday night.

"Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate," Lee said in a statement.

"I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate," Daines tweeted.

In a bombshell report in The Washington Post Thursday, Moore was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was 32.

The newspaper also found three other women who said that Moore had approached them around a similar time, when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Moore has denied the allegations regarding the 14-year-old, saying they are "completely false."

In an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show Friday, Moore blasted the allegations, calling them "politically motivated."

Alabama governor isn't considering changing special election

  Alabama governor isn't considering changing special election Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore "deeply disturbing""The governor is not considering and has no plans to move the special election for U.S. Senate," Joshua Pendergrass, communications director in Ivey's office, told CBS News.

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Two Republican senators , Mike Lee of Utah and Steve Daines of Montana, are pulling their endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore amid a sexual misconduct controversy allegedly involving teenage girls.

"I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that's what they are doing," Moore said.

Moore maintained he did not know the woman, Leigh Corfman, who said that as a 14-year-old in 1979, Moore forced her into at least two unwanted sexual encounters - one where he kissed her and one where he touched her and asked her to touch him.

When pressed by Hannity on whether he dated teenagers as an adult, Moore said "not generally, no."

"At that time in your life ... would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17?" Hannity asked.

"Not generally, no. If I did, I'm not going to dispute anything but I don't remember anything like that," Moore replied.

Earlier Friday, Lee requested to be removed from Moore's fundraising pitches following the allegations. Both he and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who also endorsed Moore, said the Alabama Republican should withdraw from the race if the allegations were true.

-Updated 6:28 p.m.


Alabama pastor supporting Moore: 'More women are sexual predators than men' .
An Alabama pastor who supports Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) blasted the allegations of sexual harassment against Moore, saying they're part of a "war on men.""More women are sexual predators than men," Pastor Franklin Raddish told AL.com. "Women are chasing young boys up and down th e road, but we don't hear about that because it's not PC."The news organization spoke to Raddish as part of an effort to speak with every pastor that endorsed Moore before the allegations against him were made public. Nineteen of the 29 pastors who responded told AL.com they were still supporting Moore.

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