McConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems

McConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems

An independent Super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday voiced strong opposition to Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreAlabama GOP senate candidate says 'homosexual activities' have ruined TV, country's moral core The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid MORE's decision to run for Alabama Senate again, saying that nominating him would be "gift wrapping" the seat to Democrats. 

“We believe most Alabama Republicans realize that nominating Roy Moore would be gift wrapping this Senate seat for Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE," Senate Leadership Fund Communications Director Jack Pandol said in a statement. "It remains to be seen whether Moore can escape his baggage without his candidacy collapsing under its own weight, regardless of what groups on the outside do."

The statement came just moments after Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court justice, announced that he would challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) for his seat in 2020. The move comes after the controversial Republican lost to Jones in a 2017 special election to replace former Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE (R-Ala.)

Moore gained massive scrutiny during the race over allegations that he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls in the 1970s when he was in his 30s. Moore has adamantly denied the accusations, and received support from President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE during the campaign. 

“I will run for the U.S. Senate in 2020,” Moore told supporters in Montgomery, Ala. on Thursday. “Can I win? Yes, I can win.”

McConnell suggested before Moore's announcement that Republicans would proactively work to oppose his nomination. 

“He can do what he wants to, but we’re certainly going to oppose him in every way,” McConnell told the Associated Press
"I can assure everyone that by running, Roy Moore is going against my father and he’s doing a disservice to all conservatives across the country in the process," he said on Twitter

Moore’s loss to Jones in 2017 gave Democrats their first Senate seat in Alabama in 25 years.

The former judge is among three Republicans — former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and state Rep. Arnold Mooney — to announce candidacies for the 2020 Republican nomination in Alabama.