Former judge Roy Moore’s announcement of a 2020 Senate run has been met with zealous opposition from Senate Republicans who have no desire to see the controversial Moore represent the party in Alabama, according to Politico.
Perhaps the most colorful of the statements opposing Moore came from Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally.
“Give me a break,” McSally said when asked by Politico about Moore’s candidacy. “This place has enough creepy old men.”
And the most meaningful opposition came from the Senate Majority Leader himself. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed that the Senate would “be opposing Roy Moore vigorously.”
Other statements from Senate Republicans:
- “The people of Alabama are smarter than that,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said. “They certainly didn’t choose him last time, why would they choose him this time?”
- “There will be a lot of efforts made to ensure that we have a nominee other than him and one who can win in November,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.). “He’s already proven he can’t.”
- “If [former Alabama senator and former U.S. attorney general Jeff] Sessions runs, I think he would dominate the field,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said. “I would oppose Roy Moore. … I will not be by myself, I hope. I think Alabama can do better than that.”
- “The people of Alabama rejected Roy Moore just a few months ago,” Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) said. “And I don’t see that anything has changed.”
“Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama,” Trump tweeted in May. “This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t.”
(H/T The Hill)