But they are doing so with some notable wiggle room.
By Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Andrew Desiderio
Senate Republicans moved swiftly to distance themselves from their party’s nominee for Senate in Alabama on Thursday after multiple women accused him of inappropriate sexual conduct when they were minors—including one who said he molested her at the age of 14.
Within hours of a Washington Post story reporting the allegations against Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, the Senate’s top Republicans called on Moore to withdraw from the race—albeit with a caveat.
“If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election,” National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in a statement.
“I just recently put out a statement saying if these allegations are true, Roy Moore should step aside for all the obvious reasons. Very disturbing allegations,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters outside the Senate chamber.
“If there is any truth to that, he ought to step aside, of course,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told The Daily Beast about the allegations against Moore, who is running to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.
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Source: The Daily Beast