Dem lawmaker: Moore would be ‘huge political liability’

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDem lawmaker rips Congress after Florida shooting: They're in the thrall of the NRA Lawmakers in dark about 'phase two' of Nunes investigation Dem: Trump ‘dragged this country deep into the mud of autocracy and dictatorship’ with ‘treason’ comment MORE (D-Conn.) on Monday said Roy Moore would be a “huge political liability” if elected, adding that the embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate would “embarrass us as a country.” 

“He’s going to be a huge political liability. The rest of the country doesn’t look like Republican voters in Alabama,” Himes said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“Every day, Roy Moore is going to do or say something which will embarrass us as a country, and will certainly be a political liability for the Republican Party,” he continued. 

Several women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Multiple women have alleged he made advances to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Moore has denied the allegations, calling them a conspiracy by the media and Republican establishment to steal the election from Alabama voters. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE on Monday morning urged Alabamians to elect Moore, saying his vote is needed in the Senate. Trump also ripped Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones, calling him a “liberal puppet.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday the people of Alabama will decide whether Moore is elected. In recent weeks, McConnell and other Republican senators had called on Moore to step aside in the race.

Himes on Monday said the new wave of support or indifference to Moore is “the ultimate raising of party values and near term political objectives over the country, and frankly over morality.” 

“Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump would rather have Roy Moore, with all that he represents, in the Senate than a Democrat, which tells you something awful about the state of partisan affairs in the United States today,” Himes said.