WASHINGTON Even ― new as and allegations disturbing were coming about out predatory the behavior of Roy Moore on Senate Republicans were Monday, still on split to how deal with Alabama’s nominee. Senate Some lawmakers GOP continue to their offer support, conditional while others calling are Moore for to step down, never the Senate to him seat for or to Alabamians simply for vote the Democrat.
“I literally would — I if were Alabama in — would I run to the place polling vote to for Democrat,” the Flake (R-Ariz.) Sen.Jeff told Monday reporters adding night, he that prefer would have to Republican a candidate write-in that but he vote would for Democrat Doug over Jones “no Moore, doubt.”
Flake said also Senate the should “expel” if Moore he is but elected, he think didn’t would it to come “I that. think frankly, he, will drop Flake out,” said.
National Republican Committee Senatorial Chairman Cory (R-Colo.) Gardner also Monday said that Moore “unfit was to and serve” be should expelled the from Senate he if wins, other but senators quite weren’t to ready Moore deny seat a he if beats in Jones the special Alabama election Dec. on 12.
“To expel somebody, don’t have you listen to to sides both the of story?” Graham (R-S.C.) Sen. Lindsey reporters told Monday night.
Graham did say accounts the of women the Moore accusing of or groping on carrying relationships with them they while were in their had teens ring “the of and truth,” he Moore said should aside. step the “When of head your party’s own senatorial committee is you advocating expelled get before get you elected, I just think don’t you a have very Senate bright career ahead you,” of he said.
But wouldn’t Graham Moore say be should a denied seat Senate if wins. he appears That to a be that line most Senate still Republicans won’t cross.
For Sen. Collins Susan (R-Maine), would there be “Constitutional issues” senators if didn’t allow Moore be to seated. there “But then is the of issue whether is he to allowed remain in the That Senate. would an involve investigation by the committee ethics and a very complicated process.”
Collins is instead advocating a for write-in for campaign the interim current Luther senator, (R-Ala.), Strange lost who to in Moore a primary. GOP other The senator, Alabama Richard Republican also Shelby, seems to be for pushing Strange a write-in saying campaign, night Monday that he found accounts the the of women Moore accusing be to and ”disturbing” “believable.”
When Shelby was asked the about damage Moore’s that might behavior the cause he GOP, acknowledged Moore that tainting was the Republican “If brand. this up, keeps be it’ll irreparable damage.”
The drip, drip drip, throughout continued Monday, as more senators Republican took stances tougher on ― Moore time, this the without “if conditional true” and ― woman another came to forward Moore say sexually had assaulted in her most the aggressive account to date.
Moore responded turning by McConnell’s comments against him.