NRSC Chairman: Senate Should 'Vote to Expel' Moore if He Wins
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the GOP's campaign arm in the upper chamber vowed to kick out Roy Moore should he win next month's Alabama Senate race, as a new accuser came forward with sexual assault allegations and her high school yearbook signed "Love, Roy Moore D.A."
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said in a statement today that he believes Moore's accusers "spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office."
"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," Gardner added.
While the Republican National Committee has not yet announced any alteration in their fundraising agreement with Moore, the NRSC backed out last week after the first allegations against Moore surfaced.
The Washington Post reported Thursday on the allegations of four women, all named on the record, who say that Moore asked them out and kissed them when they were teenagers. One woman who was 14 at the time, which is below the age of consent for any sexual contact in Alabama (second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor), said Moore took her to a rural home, undressed down to his underwear, touched her through her bra and underwear, and moved her hand toward his genitals before she asked that he take her home. Leigh Corfman said she voted for Donald Trump.
At a New York press conference this afternoon alongside attorney Gloria Allred, Beverly Young Nelson gave an emotional account of an alleged encounter with Moore.
Nelson, who turns 56 this week, worked at the Old Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden, Ala., as an after-school job beginning when she was 15 years old. Moore, she said, "came in almost every night and he would stay until closing time," sitting at the same counter seat. "He would pull the ends of my red hair … He would compliment me on my looks, and I would think nothing of it. I was accustomed to men flirting with me, because I was well developed and competed in beauty pageants. I did not attach any significance to Mr. Moore’s behavior towards me, and I did not respond to Mr. Moore’s flirtatious behavior."
In 1977, the 16-year-old brought her high school yearbook to work and Moore offered to sign it. The yearbook was shown at the press conference with the inscription, “To a sweeter, more beautiful girl I could not say 'Merry Christmas.' Christmas 1977, Love, Roy Moore D.A., 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House.”
Here's where Roy Moore signed Beverly Nelson's high school yearbook pic.twitter.com/uRGYkC1zgO
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) November 13, 2017