NRSC ends fundraising agreement with Roy Moore

Roy Moore Being Persecuted Like Jesus, Says Brother After Child Abuse Allegation

NRSC chairman, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, said in a statement Thursday following the release of the story, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election".

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans publicly said Moore should step aside but only if the allegatons by the four women from the explosive Washington Post report are true.

The women cited in The Washington Post article said Moore had pursued them in the 1970s and 1980s when he was a lawyer in his early 30s.

Moore has called the allegations "fake news".

In Washington, Republican senators responded to the report with shock and dismay, telling reporters that if the claims were true, Moore should exit the race immediately.

Paul Reynolds, Alabama's Republican National Committeeman, called it "a firestorm created to shipwreck a campaign in Alabama". "Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously ridiculous and blasphemous", Ed Stetzer, a pastor and church consultant who holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College in IL, told The Washington Post. That could be just noise in a poll with a small sample size, but if it indicates Evangelicals (Moore's base) are reacting more strongly to the Post allegations than others, Moore is in bigger trouble than the overall numbers indicate.

And if Moore still wins, Republicans in the Senate will be stuck with him for six years-not just as a damn-the-torpedoes firebrand, but now an accused child molester to boot. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who lost in the primary to Moore, would be an eligible write-in candidate, said John Bennett, an official at the state secretary of state's office. "If he can't disprove the charges in a brief period of time, then he should step aside".

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey called the Post report "deeply disturbing", but added, "I will hold judgement until we know the facts".

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the GOP leadership, will not appear at a fundraiser for Moore next Friday in Albertville, Alabama that he had been billed as attending, according to an invitation shared with NBC News.

This story was reported by Reuters. None of the four women approached the newspaper, the Post says; reporters reached out to them after hearing rumors of Moore's behavior in the '70s and '80s. A handful of senators suggested they would support unusual if he launched a bid, and odd told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out.

The White House said Trump believes Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "will do the right thing and step aside" if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true. Amid some crosstalk with co-host Lynda McLaughlin's own comments, many interpreted it as Hannity calling Moore's alleged encounters with the then-14-year-old girl "consensual". They've never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Moore was twice removed from his state Supreme Court position, once for disobeying a federal court order to remove a 5,200-pound granite Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state judicial building, and later for urging state probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. "We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message", Moore wrote in an email to his supporters.

Democrats familiar with the campaign being run by their nominee, Doug Jones, said no new ad buys or investments were planned to take advantage of the story.

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