RNC changes stance on Roy Moore after Trump endorsement

BY JILL CUENI-COHEN / DECEMBER 5, 2017 /

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Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is again being backed by the Republican National Committee.

Amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the RNC is reinstating its support of Moore after initially cutting ties to the candidate, according to a report Breitbart ran on Monday. This change of heart came just hours after President Donald Trump gave his full endorsement to Moore.

“We can confirm our involvement in the Alabama Senate race,” an RNC official told The Hill.

Tweeting out his endorsement of Moore, Trump noted, “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

The president also made a follow-up call aboard Air Force One, in which he said, “Go get ’em, Roy!”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Party’s Senate campaign arm, announced last month that it would not support Moore even after Trump stood by him.

After several women made public allegations of sexual misconduct against him in October, both GOP campaign groups withdrew their support of Moore, cutting off financial and field backing as many Republican lawmakers called on him to step aside.

The women claimed that Moore made unwanted sexual advances towards them when they were just teenagers and he was in his 30s. Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

Early Monday, Trump backed Moore, saying his vote is sorely needed.

“The president had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the president endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned last month that Moore will immediately face a Senate Ethics Committee investigation if he wins the special election on Dec. 12. NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) called for Moore to be ousted from the Senate.

Just after Trump made his endorsement, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed the candidate, saying his victory would be a “stain on the GOP and on the nation.”

“Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity,” Romney tweeted, positioning himself to be diametrically opposed to both the president and the RNC.

Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, appears to be taking advantage of Moore’s situation and is currently leading in Alabama polling by an average of 3 points, according to RealClearPolitics. Jones’ campaign raised more than $10 million in donations between Oct. 1 and Nov. 22, USA Today reported on Friday.

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