Birmingham Young Republicans censure Roy Moore, pull endorsement

Danny Woods
November 19, 2017

The Christian and conservative leaders, some of whom drove 12 hours to attend the press conference, represent the same anti- establishment voters who catapulted President Donald Trump into the White House.

"I'm glad you got more church than you've probably had in the last 10 years", she said.

"I want to tell you who needs to step down. The people of Alabama know what is going on here", she said.

Moore attempted to cast standard reporting - reaching out to acquaintances and family members - as harassment, sharing the contact information of a Washington Post reporter who was working on a story about her (Business Insider redacted the number).

Without talking specifics, Moore on Wednesday called the claims "scurrilous, false charges" and portrayed them as an attempt to shift the focus from policy issues in the race against Democrat Doug Jones. Five others said Moore pursued romantic relationships with them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18. Several speakers referred to Republican leaders in the House and Senate as "RINOs" or "Republicans in name only" suggesting they're out of touch with their base.

Long a divisive figure in his home state, Moore was twice elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and twice removed from those duties because of stands against gay marriage and for the display of the Ten Commandments in a public building. Moore is trying to maintain that support in the December 12 election against Democrat Doug Jones.

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One of them is longtime Republican Tracy James, who worked for former senator and current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. She won't vote for Moore, a decision she made before the election.

"It appears that the Senate is looking into that, which they should, and we feel like it's an appropriate action", Sanders said.

Moore allies on the right have also attempted to discredit specific allegations against the candidate.

Dozens of progressive Alabama pastors have signed onto a letter calling GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore unfit for office, accusing him of preaching "extremist values" and lumping him in with politicians who have "cynically used Christianity for their own goals".

Kayla Moore thanked backers for their support.

"I think it's really hypocritical and an embarrassment for the state of Alabama, and he's dragging us backwards", Falvey said.

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