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- National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner called on Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama special election.
- If Moore does not drop out and still wins, Gardner is demanding the Senate expel him from office.
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, called for the Senate to expel Alabama candidate Roy Moore if he wins the election on December 12.
Gardner issued a statement Monday condemning Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with multiple teenagers. A woman came forward on Monday and accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner said. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
The allegations against the Republican candidate, which included sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl when Moore was 32, have resulted in a snowball of withdrawn endorsements, including from Sens. Steve Daines and Mike Lee.
Last week, the NRSC withdrew from the joint fundraising agreement between Moore’s campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Alabama GOP.
And on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he believes Moore’s accusers and that he should step aside from the race. Sen. John Cornyn, the chamber’s No. 2 Repulican, also withdrew his endorsement of Moore on Monday. He declined to say whether he would back Gardner’s move, however, when asked by Business Insider.