Dem lawmaker: Moore would be ‘huge political liability’

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHow the Trump tax law passed: Bipartisanship wasn't an ingredient Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems 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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Poll finds Dems prioritize health care, GOP picks lower taxes when it's time to vote The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan 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.