GOP rep: Moore disqualified himself from Senate long ago
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said Sunday that recent allegations about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore only reinforce that the Republican nominee is unqualified for office.
“#RoyMoore disqualified himself for the Senate prior to these recent revelations due to his disregard for constitutional limits,” Dent tweeted. “These disturbing allegations of misconduct further reinforce my belief of how unfit Mr. Moore is to serve in the Senate.”
I did not support #RoyMoore when he won the #Republican nomination and now he must be replaced on the ballot.
The Party of #AbrahamLincoln will not be able to remove the #stain of Roy Moore if he remains the Republican Party’s #standardbearer in the #AlabamaSenateRace. 2/2
— Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) November 12, 2017
A 53-year-old woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32, The Washington Post reported. Three other women also said Moore approached them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Moore has denied the allegations, saying they are “completely false,” and suggesting it is a smear campaign.
Dent said Sunday that Moore must be replaced on the ballot, arguing that the Republican Party will be stained by his candidacy if it continues to support Moore.
Multiple other members of the GOP have distanced themselves from Moore in the wake of the allegations, with three senators withdrawing their endorsements. However, Republicans in Alabama have mostly rallied around him.
Dent announced in September that he would not seek reelection.
Alabama law states that a candidate’s name can’t be removed from the ballot this soon before an election.
Some Republicans have pushed for the party to rally around a write-in campaign for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). Strange lost to Moore in a Republican primary runoff in September.
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