House GOP campaign chairman joins calls for Moore to step aside

The head of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) called on Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside on Thursday in response to a growing number of women accusing Moore of sexual misconduct.

"I think that Roy Moore should step aside," NRCC Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." 

"I do believe these women," he said. 


Stivers, who had previously donated to Moore's campaign, joins a growing number of Republicans calling for Moore to give up his Senate bid.

"I've subsequently asked for my money back," Stivers said about the fundraising he did for Moore this month. 

The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) have both cut fundraising ties with Moore's campaign in the wake of the allegations, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-Wis.) have called on the former judge to step aside.

The Washington Post published a report last week that included an account from one woman, Leigh Corfman, who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was 14.

The publication reported on Wednesday that two additional women had accused Moore of making unwanted advances toward them in the past.

Moore has shown no sign he is willing to hang up his bid for Senate and has said the accusations against him are not true and are politically motivated. 

The anti-establishment candidate fired back at McConnell in a tweet on Wednesday, telling the Senate leader to "bring it on" in a tweet.