McSally on Moore running for Senate again: 'This place has enough creepy old men'

Senate Republicans threw cold water on the prospect of another Senate bid by Roy MooreRoy Stewart Moore Senate outlook slides for GOP Trump to hold rally in Sessions's hometown for opponent in Senate runoff: report Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama MORE, who announced his candidacy Thursday, according to Politico.

“Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men,” Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyHealth care group launches M ad campaign hitting Trump in battleground states Senate outlook slides for GOP ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants MORE (R-Ariz.) told the publication in response to Moore’s announcement.

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Moore won the Republican primary for the seat in 2017, beating former Alabama Attorney General Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State 'certificate of need' laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE, who was backed by the state party and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE.

However, he narrowly lost to Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a December special election following a series of allegations from women who accused him of sexual misconduct when they were teens and, in several cases, underage. Moore has denied all the allegations.

“The people of Alabama are smarter than that,” Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court orders Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down | Energy companies cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline | House rejects Trump cuts, proposes boost for environmental agencies Senate outlook slides for GOP Trump nominee faces Senate hurdles to securing public lands post MORE (R-Colo.), who is also on the ballot in 2020 and considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators, told the publication. “They certainly didn’t choose him last time, why would they choose him this time?”

Gardner, the then-chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, vowed in 2017 not to seat Moore if he won.

“There will be a lot of efforts made to ensure that we have a nominee other than him and one who can win in November,” Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE (R-S.D.) told Politico. “He’s already proven he can’t.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ky.), who implied after the allegations broke in 2017 that he would expel Moore from the Senate, said Thursday he would “oppose him in every way.”

President Trump and his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpSouth Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump Jr. knocks CNN's Chris Cuomo over interview with father: 'I'm not pretending to be a journalist' MORE have both also blasted Moore’s decision to run again, with the younger Trump tweeting Thursday that the decision was “doing a disservice to all conservatives.”

McSally testified in March that she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer during her time in the Air Force and has frequently spoken out on the issue.