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.”
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 McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote 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 StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R). Strange lost the primary runoff earlier this year to Moore.
Republican Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyLegislators look to expand health care access through telehealth, biosimilars Infrastructure deal is proof that Congress can still do good, bipartisan work The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House Democrats eye big vote on Biden measure MORE (La.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe congressional debate over antitrust: It's about time McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis MORE (Utah) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesBill honoring 13 service members killed in Afghanistan heads to Biden's desk The Memo: Much-criticized Trump policy puts Biden in a vise The good, bad, and ugly of Tester's Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act 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 SessionsThose predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold The metaverse is coming — society should be wary 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.