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 McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday voiced strong opposition to Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions hits back at Trump days ahead of Alabama Senate runoff Judge allows Roy Moore lawsuit over Sacha Baron Cohen prank to proceed Senate outlook slides for GOP 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 SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery 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 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE (R-Ala.)

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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 TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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.