Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign

Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign
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The chair of the Republican Party of Alabama on Sunday cautioned against supporting a write-in candidate in next month’s Senate race as concerns in the party grow over allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore.

“It would be a serious error for any current elected GOP official or candidate to publicly endorse another party’s candidate, an independent, a third party or a write in candidate in a general election as well,” Terry Lathan told the Alabama Political Reporter

“I have heard of no GOP elected official or candidate that is even considering this option.”

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There has been increasing talk of a write-in campaign since The Washington Post published last week a report containing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against Moore, the Republican nominee in the Senate race.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (R-Ky.) said Moore should "step aside" and acknowledged that the party was exploring a write-in bid.

The Post's story detailed an account from 53-year-old Leigh Corfman, who claims that Moore began sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was 14. Moore would have been 32 at the time. The story also included accounts from three other women who said Moore tried to court them during the same time period, when they were between 16 and 18 years old.

Moore has denied any wrongdoing. However, in a Friday interview with Sean Hannity the former judge admitted he may have dated teenage women during that time in his life, but that he did not “remember anything like that.”

In her interview with the Alabama Political Reporter, Lathan read the state GOP’s regulation that can deny ballot access.

The rule stipulates that the state party can refuse access “to a candidate for public office if in a prior election that person was a Republican office holder and either publicly participated in the primary election of another political party or publicly supported a nominee of another political party,” according to the state party’s bylaws. The rule is enforced for six years.

Several lawmakers outside of Alabama have mentioned a write-in campaign in the wake of the report. Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Pa.), who said Moore should exit the race, suggested on Sunday that Alabama voters back a write-in campaign for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeExclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' Senate GOP relieved after primary wins Blankenship: I’m Trumpier than Trump MORE (R). Strange lost the primary runoff earlier this year to Moore.

Republican Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Graham working on new ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (La.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Denial of services to same-sex couples can harm their health MORE (Utah) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesTrump signs Dodd-Frank rollback Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Senators offer tax bill aimed at helping first responders MORE (Mont.) have all pulled their endorsements of Moore following the accusations.

Moore has shown no signs that he will exit the race. He is slated to face off against Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12 for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ Don't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Sally Yates: Trump's demand for FBI investigation is ‘a step beyond dangerous’ MORE.

The Alabama Political Reporter journalist who authored the interview with Lathan, Brandon Moseley, is openly backing Moore and appeared on CNN on Monday to defend the candidate against the allegations.