Dallas Morning News: Cornyn ‘betrays’ GOP by backing Roy Moore
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The Dallas Morning News editorial board said Thursday that Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThis week: Congress starts lame-duck with leadership fight Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle Congress braces for high-drama lame duck MORE (R-Texas) "betrays" the GOP by backing controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, calling the decision a "new low." 

"Sen. John Cornyn’s endorsement this week of Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate from Alabama is a new low not just for the former jurist and ex-Texas attorney general, but for the party he claims to love," the paper wrote.

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The Dallas paper slammed Cornyn for what they said was a hypocritical endorsement of the candidate. In his endorsement, Cornyn said Moore would be "a tireless advocate led by principle rather than politics," despite the fact that the senator had previously criticized Moore for having twice been removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

"We had hoped, as many have, that Cornyn would stand against the tide of populist, nativist and exclusionary politics that have come to dominate the Republican Party in Texas and elsewhere. That hope has now been all but extinguished," the editorial board said. 

Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke receives invite to visit Iowa from Democratic Party in Des Moines O'Rourke and Cruz run into each other at Texas airport Texas congresswoman-elect says she would ‘love’ to see Beto run in 2020 MORE (Texas) also came under fire from the newspaper, which claimed he fell short of his self-stated dedication to the Constitution by endorsing Moore. However, the paper acknowledged that Cruz has "built his career on putting himself at the front of a movement that seeks to destroy what used to be the mainstream wing of the Republican Party," the paper said. 

The Dallas Morning News accused Cornyn, long aligned with the establishment wing of the party, of bowing to pressure from Stephen Bannon in the decision to support an outsider candidate. Bannon is the former White House chief strategist and has vowed to support challengers to establishment GOP figures who don't align with President Trump's agenda. 

While Moore has won endorsements from other influential GOP senators such as Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress GOP pollster says Republicans could break with Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Defense: Trump says 15,000 troops could deploy to border | Mattis insists deployment is not 'stunt' | Pompeo calls for Yemen peace talks in November MORE (Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCongress must make sentencing reform priority for public safety MyPillow CEO to attend White House opioid discussion Congress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia MORE (Utah), several conservatives in the party have also taken stances against Moore in the race for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCongress is going to make marijuana moves Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill Bill to protect Mueller blocked in Senate MORE's vacant Senate seat.

Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGrassley defends acting AG against calls for recusal Former NY Times book critic: I take back my positive review of Jeff Flake's book Majority say Trump should face primary challenge, poll finds MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseMajority say Trump should face primary challenge, poll finds Election Countdown: Arizona Senate race still too close to call | Florida vote tally fight heats up | Trump calls for Abrams to 'move on' Flake not ruling out 2020 run against Trump MORE (R-Neb.) have both criticized Moore, pointing to his controversial stance against Muslims serving in Congress.

"What will remain of a Republican Party whose leaders are so desperate to preserve its power that they cozy up to a Senate candidate like Moore?" the Dallas Morning News said in the editorial. "Cornyn may find that soon enough the party he seeks to preserve will no longer be one he recognizes."