After several women came forward to reveal that they had been sexually assaulted by Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, the GOP is now considering ways to replace him with former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Moore has been under scrutiny since Leigh Corfman revealed last week that she had been sexually assaulted by Moore in the 1970s, when she was just 14 years old. Leigh recalled then 32-year-old Roy Moore bringing her to his secluded home in the woods to kiss her and engage in inappropriate touching over her bra area. Several other women, including Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Gloria Thacker Deason have all come forward and revealed that Moore had pursued them while they were only teenagers.
Most recently, a fifth woman named Beverly Young Nelson claimed that she was attacked by moor as a child. She recalled trying desperately to resist, while Moore forced her head in the direction of his crotch.
Several Republicans have called on Moore to withdraw from the upcoming Senate race. Prominent Republican and Senator Mitch McConnell said Roy Moore “should step aside,” according to a report by the New York Times. Senator John McCain referred to the allegations as “deeply disturbing,” in a, tweet and Susan Collins, a Republican Senator from Maine, tweeted that Moore should withdraw from the Senate race.
And the list goes on: Todd Young and Bill Cassidy pressured Moore to step aside, while Steve Daines and Mike Lee from Montana and Utah respectively, each revoked their endorsements of Moore. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee went as far to say that Moore shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place in a tweet on Saturday.
Although a few Republicans avoided confronting the issue and even defended Moore, it’s clear that most members of the GOP outwardly condemned Moore’s actions and asserted (directly or indirectly) that he is unfit to hold office as an Alabama Senator.
Following the downfall of Roy Moore, it was reported that Republicans are exploring the ways in which they can prevent Moore from obtaining the Senate seat. As The New York Times reports, it’s too late to actually replace Moore’s name on the ballot. However, Ben Sasse, a Senator from Nebraska, suggested that Alabama citizens start to consider who’s they would choose for a write-in. Some members of the party have encouraged voters to write in the name of Luther Strange.
On Monday, The New York Times reported that if Moore wins, senators could then vote to remove him. At that point, it would be up to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to appoint a new official to fill the senate seat.
The Republican’s replacement of choice, according to a report, is Jeff Sessions. Sessions is the current Attorney General.
The fate of the Alabama Senate is presently up in the air: Depending on what path voters and the members of the GOP choose, Strange, Moore, and Sessions all have the potential to fill the empty seat. Meanwhile, Roy Moore continues to deny all allegations, as the GOP scrambles to clean up his 30 year old mess.
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