Top GOP donor criticized RNC chair's decision to back Moore: report

Top GOP donor criticized RNC chair's decision to back Moore: report
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A top GOP operative criticized Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel's decision to support Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Of inmates and asylums: Today's House Republicans make the John Birchers look quaint The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE during a recent dinner attended by party donors, Politico reported on Monday.

Bobbie KilbergBarbara (Bobbie) KilbergTop GOP donor criticized RNC chair's decision to back Moore: report MORE, an influential Republican in Virginia, told McDaniel in front of the other donors that she was opposed to the move, according to Politico.

“There are some things that are more important than a vote in the Senate,” Kilberg told Politico. “Some things are more important, such as what the party stands for.”


The RNC, which last month ended its fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign over sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge, reinstated its support for the campaign after President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE provided Moore with a full-throated endorsement last week.

Kilberg told Politico that McDaniel “felt it was her responsibility as chairman of the party, in agreement with the entire Alabama delegation in the House and Senate, and the Alabama RNC delegation,” to provide Moore’s campaign with fundraising help.

Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (R-Colo.), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Weekly Standard last week that the Senate GOP campaign arm “will never endorse” Moore. 

Multiple Republicans revoked their endorsements of Moore after The Washington Post reported that a woman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old. Moore, who would have been 32 at the time, has denied this accusation.

But the newspaper also spoke to three other women who said Moore made sexual advances toward them when they were between 16 and 18 years old. Other women have come forward since the initial story accusing Moore of sexual misconduct, including one who alleged Moore assaulted her when she was 16.

Moore admitted in an interview last month that he may have dated women in their later teens during that period in his life. In an interview with a local news outlet over the weekend, Moore denied dating underage girls. The age of consent in Alabama — both at the time of Moore’s alleged behavior and today — is 16.

Moore on Tuesday is up against Democrat Doug Jones in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE.