GOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat

GOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat
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A former strategist for Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump is right: Walls work on the southern border How news media omissions distort Russia probe narrative ... and shield Democrats Arizona city council halts work on mural honoring John McCain over ‘protocol’ concerns, neighbor complaints MORE’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign said Wednesday that he donated to Alabama Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones.

“Proud to join my fellow true GOP warriors @MarkSalter55 @murphymike @MattSDavid @Timodc in donating to @GDouglasJones for U.S. Senate. We're doing this to put America first, but also to save the GOP. Doug Jones is an honorable man & will be a good Senator. #CountryOverParty,” John Weaver wrote on Twitter, referencing several other prominent Republican strategists.

Weaver confirmed to The Hill that he donated $500 to Jones’s campaign. Tim Miller, one of the strategists mentioned in Weaver’s tweet, announced last month in a blog post that he donated to the Alabama Democrat.

Weaver’s tweet comes one day after Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least CBS News in talks to hire Flake: report MORE (R-Ariz.), a staunch critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE and the nationalist agenda he has pushed, announced on Twitter that he donated to Jones, invoking the phrase “country over party.” Flake uploaded a picture of a $100 check he made out to Jones’s campaign. 

The move comes as some Republicans express disgust in the GOP’s return to Moore in the final week of his Senate campaign. Moore, a former Alabama judge, has for weeks been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal, which includes accusations that he made sexual advances toward teenagers while in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegation that in 1979 he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, but admitted in an interview last month that he may have dated women in their later teens during that period in his life.

Numerous Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) called on Moore to step aside from the race last month following the accusations. 

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But the general demeanor from Republicans appeared to change in the past week. McConnell said in an interview Sunday that the election is in the hands of the Alabama voters.

President Trump’s full-throated endorsement of Moore on Monday helped bring back a key resource for the embattled Republican’s campaign. Hours after Trump officially backed Moore, the Republican National Committee reinstated its fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign.

Moore will face off against Jones Tuesday in the special election for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony AG pick Barr emphasizes independence from Trump Hillicon Valley: Trump AG pick signals new scrutiny on tech giants | Wireless providers in new privacy storm | SEC brings charges in agency hack | Facebook to invest 0M in local news MORE.