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 MooreThe 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 The biggest political upsets of the decade GOP predicts bipartisan acquittal at Trump impeachment trial MORE, who announced his candidacy Thursday, according to Politico.

“Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men,” Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPoll: Overwhelming majority say news media making US more politically divided Bill Kristol on McSally calling CNN reporter a liberal hack: 'I guess I'm liberal' McSally dismisses calls to apologize to CNN's Raju for 'liberal hack' comment: 'Called it like it is' 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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 GardnerRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Hickenlooper raised .8 million for Colorado Senate bid in fourth quarter of 2019 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 ThuneSenate to vote on Trump's Canada, Mexico trade deal Thursday Senate braces for Trump impeachment trial Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (R-S.D.) told Politico. “He’s already proven he can’t.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpComedians post fake Army recruitment posters featuring Trump Jr. Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll FWS: There's 'no basis' to investigate Trump Jr.'s Mongolian hunting trip 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.