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 MooreRoy Moore says he's 'seriously considering' 2020 Senate bid Doug Jones: Trump unintentionally giving 'green light' to hate crimes GOP candidate welcomes Roy Moore to enter Alabama Senate primary 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.”

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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 John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated 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 Scott GardnerOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP 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 SessionsTrump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report Jeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March MORE.