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 McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday voiced strong opposition to Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreMontgomery, Ala., elects first African American mayor GOP Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville says Trump has 'put a noose' around farmers' necks with trade war Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama 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 SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse 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 SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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.