WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican National Committee has severed its fundraising ties to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
A Federal Election Commission filing late Tuesday shows that the national party is no longer part of the effort to raise money for Moore, the embattled GOP nominee facing allegations of molesting two teenagers when he was in his 30s.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee cut ties to Moore late last week after The Washington Post first reported on Moore and the women.
Washington Republicans are tightening pressure on Alabama’s GOP to keep Moore from being elected to the Senate next month, with many voicing hope that President Donald Trump could use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday: “We would hope to save the seat and that might require a write-in” campaign.
McConnell says with the Dec. 12 election four weeks away, “it’s a very complicated matter” to try to retain the seat. Moore can’t be knocked off the ballot under Alabama law.
Speaking Tuesday night at a Baptist church revival in southwest Alabama, Moore made only passing reference to the sexual misconduct allegations enveloping his Senate bid. As he has done at other stops, he suggested the allegations were an effort to stop his political career.
Moore asks: “Why do you think they’re giving me this trouble? Why do you think I’m being harassed in the media and people pushing for an allegation in the last 28 days of the election?”