Much has been made this week of Roy Moore’s supporters, including President Donald Trump, as we near Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race pitting Moore, a Republican, against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
However, Alabama voters should keep in mind the number of prominent Republicans who have spoken out forcefully against Moore. Many of the voices below are from U.S. senators; it’s nearly without precedent for lawmakers in these positions to speak ill of a fellow party member. We suggest voters consider these words when going to the polls.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: “I will not be voting for Judge Moore.” He added he would “write in some distinguished person’s name rather than Judge Moore.” When asked this week if he had any regrets about his decision, Shelby said, “None. None.”
Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential candidate: “Roy Moore in the U.S. 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.”
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.: “The allegations leveled at Roy Moore are disturbing. I have serious concerns about his prior conduct and fitness for office. He should immediately withdraw from the race.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.: “I would literally — if I were in Alabama — I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat” over Roy Moore. This week on his social media account, Flake posted an image of a $100 check he was sending to the Doug Jones campaign with the accompanying caption, “Country over Party.”
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.: “Look, I’m sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore’s nomination was a bridge too far.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine: “I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.”
Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.: “The appearance of grossly reprehensible behavior disqualifies him from service in the United States Senate. If he does not step aside, we need to act to protect the integrity of the Senate.”
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.: “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.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.: “Based on the allegations against Roy Moore, his response and what is known, I withdraw support.”
Sen. Mike Lee-R-Utah: “Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”
U.S. Attorney General (and former Alabama senator) Jeff Sessions: He said he has “no reason to doubt” Moore’s accusers.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they are proud of.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: “In light of the most recent allegations and the cumulative effect of others, I believe Roy Moore would be doing himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service by stepping aside ... If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.”