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 McConnellFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw 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 ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race 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 StrangeAnn Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost The Hill's Morning Report — General election season underway with marquee Senate races set MORE (R). Strange lost the primary runoff earlier this year to Moore.

Republican Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal MORE (La.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Ex-college classmate accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week MORE (Utah) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesMontana lawmakers cheer recommendation to ban mining north of Yellowstone Congress passes bill to require Senate campaign filings to be made electronically Congress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana 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 SessionsRosenstein faces Trump showdown Solicitor general could take over Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits 13 states accepted Sessions invitation to meeting on social media bias: report 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.