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Ted Cruz withdraws support from Roy Moore campaign
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is well-known as a principled conservative who sticks to his beliefs – even when they’re unpopular. He also supports the GOP, pitching in to help endorse candidates in races around the country when his support could help win an election.
Now Cruz has made a shocking announcement in the race of Judge Roy Moore, who is running for a Senate position in Alabama. In a statement to Texas reporters, Cruz said that he was pulling support for Judge Moore, and that the charges, if true, warrant criminal prosecution.
Cruz Takes a Firm Stand
The GOP senator had harsh words for the embattled judge, who has seen five women come forward in the last two weeks to accuse him of sexual assault only weeks before a high-profile election for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Cruz told reporters:
As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true. Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution.
Of the five women who have leveled allegations against Moore, two say they were both minors and under the age of consent – sixteen in Alabama – when the incidents occurred.
One woman says Moore tried to force her head down to his crotch after locking the car they were in; another claimed Moore groped her and engaged in attempted sexual contact.
The End of Moore’s Career?
Judge Moore has made several statements regarding the allegations, and none of them reach the level of an outright denial. In an interview with Sean Hannity, Moore sermonized about his long record in public service and claimed the accusations were politically motivated.
Moore claimed on Monday that he did not know the latest accuser, nor was he familiar with the restaurant where the woman says she worked as a teen – and where she says Moore spent most evenings, flirting with her and making advances before offering her a ride home one night.
The woman produced her high school yearbook; in it, an inscription calls her “sweet and beautiful,” and is signed, “Love, Roy Moore” with the date and name of the restaurant.
Cruz’s comments put the proverbial nail in the coffin of Moore’s career; several other prominent GOP senators have already called for Moore to bow out of the race.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the Senate’s GOP campaign arm, even said the Senate itself should expel Moore should he win the upcoming election.
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