Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who leads the Senate GOP campaign arm, is calling on the Senate to expel embattled Alabama GOP nominee Roy Moore if Moore wins December’s special election.
“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,” said Gardner, who is the first GOP senator to publicly raise the specter of expulsion.
“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,” he said.
Gardner’s statement came hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he believed the women making accusations against Moore and the candidate should step aside.
Under the Senate rules, a vote of two-thirds of the body can expel a senator. That would be historic — the Senate hasn’t expelled a member since 1862.
Gardner’s words go further than his initial condemnation of Moore in the immediate aftermath of The Washington Post’s report on Thursday when a woman named Leigh Corfman claimed Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32.
Three other women also told the newspaper that Moore pursued them while they were teenagers, but all of those women were above the state’s age of consent at the time and none said any sexual contact occurred outside of kissing.
Last week, Gardner was one of the first GOP lawmakers to condemn Moore, calling on him to step down “if these allegations are found true.”
Moore has adamantly denied the claims made in The Washington Post and has threatened to sue the paper.
On Monday, Moore faced a new accusation.
Beverly Young Nelson held a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, and accused Moore of assaulting her decades ago, when she was 16.
Never mind the fact that Corfman has credibility problems. Never mind the fact that Moore was unmarried at the time, and the other women who initially accused him were above the age of consent. Never mind the fact that though many would find the age differential inappropriate, Moore did nothing illegal. He, nonetheless, must be run out of the race because….well….because Democrats and the GOP Establishment say so.
The wheels were coming off of this rather rapidly. Alabamans weren’t buying the stories and Moore was holding a double-digit lead when another bombshell landed a couple of days ago.
Now, another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, is accusing Moore of attempted rape. She insists she is a Trump supporter, but believes that now is the time to produce her revelation of a decades-old attack. Roy Moore has been in the public eye for a very long time. Why now? In fact, if Nelson is as conservative as she says, why did she run to Gloria Allred? Aren’t there any attorneys in Alabama? Why did Nelson look for the services of an out-of-state Democrat to level her charges against Moore?
It sounds to me like the real cause of angst is Moore’s politics. I really believe the GOPe is so opposed to Trump, they would do anything to cripple Trump’s agenda and to ensure he’s a one-term president, including losing the Senate.
Sorry, but a decades-old accusation doesn’t cut it. Clinton had numerous women accuse him, but the Democrats never howled for him to resign. The Left couldn’t care less about women’s rights. They’re only using the issue as a political weapon.