Sen. Toomey: Roy Moore Should 'Step Aside'
WASHINGTON â" Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Sunday said Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should "step aside" and suggested incumbent Sen. Luther Strange as a potential write-in candidate to replace him.
During an interview on Sundayâs âMeet The Press,â Toomey also would not say whether Republicans would be better or worse off if Moore is elected as Alabamaâs next senator, and he did not rule out the possibility that Republicans could refuse to seat Moore if he wins the special election against Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12th.
âYou know, this is a terrible situation, nearly 40-year-old allegation, we'll probably never know for sure exactly what happened," the Pennsylvania Republican said. "But from my point of view, you know, I have to say, I thin k the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside.âPlay Toomey: 'I Think We Should Consider a Write-In' to Replace Roy Moore 0:38 autoplay autoplay
Toomey also called Strange, who lost the Republican primary against Moore earlier this year, "a good candidate" for a write-in campaign, while noting the difficulty of being elected without being on the ballot.
This week, The Washington Post outlined stories of Mooreâs relationships with teenage girls while he was in his early 30s, including a woman who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14.
"I think Republican s have addressed this in a thoughtful and responsible way, right? We've got a 40-year-old allegation that is unprovable, probably," Toomey said. "And despite that, many of us are suggesting that the preponderance of the evidence seems to support the accuser and, therefore, many of us, I'll speak for myself, would prefer for Roy to step aside. I think that's a responsible way to approach this."
Moore has staunchly denied the allegations, calling the report that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl âcompletely false and untrue.â
Well over a dozen Republicans have called for Moore to step aside from the race, and the Senate Republican fundraising arm also pulled their support.
Also on "Meet The Press," White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short acknowledged the gravity of the allegations, saying there is "a special place in hell for people who have done those crimes."
But, Short also questioned why allegations of misconduct more than four decades old have come to light one month before Election Day.
Toomey also said the 40-year time frame âraises a question about the credibilityâ because âwhen someone waits 40 years before they make an accusation, you know, that raises a question itself. So it's probably not knowable. But there seems to be enough there that it's very disturbing.â
Short also added some caution to the reports, saying, "we here in Washington have to be careful as well in this,â noting Moore has been elected multiple times in Alabama and âthe people of Alabama know Roy M oore better than we do here in Washington, DC.â
Repeatedly asked whether President Donald Trump will re-insert himself into the race, Short noted that Trump already campaigned for Strange, Mooreâs opponent during the primary.Source: Google News