Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Sen. Bill Cassidy withdraws support for Roy Moore over sexual misconduct allegations

Sen. Bill Cassidy withdraws support for Roy Moore over sexual misconduct allegations

On Saturday, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tweeted that, "I'm sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore's nomination was a bridge too far".

Republicans on Capital Hill have been quick to distance themselves from the arch social conservative, with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying if the allegations are true, Moore should withdraw from the race. The White House has already made clear that Moore should step aside if the allegations are proved to be true.

"I have not provided alcoholic beverages, beer or anything else, to a minor", Moore said.

Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign is calling allegations of sexual misconduct "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation". "It appears that there is a significant issue here that needs to be addressed".

Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Ala., from 1982 until 1985, said that it was "common knowledge" the controversial politician allegedly preferred younger women.

"A write-in is something we should certainly explore", the Pennsylvania Republican told host Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press.

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"I have to say, I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial, I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside", said Sen.

The election is December 12.

Toomey did not rule out the possibility that Senate Republicans might work to unseat Moore if he wins the special election against Democrat Doug Jones on December 12.

Moore is backed by Steve Bannon, Trump's former White House chief strategist whose expressed goal is to blow up the GOP establishment.

Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that there could be a write-in campaign for odd because it's too late to remove Moore's name from the ballot.

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