Graham: Moore Would Be Doing ‘A Service’ By ‘Stepping Aside’

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens as Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, 201... UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens as Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday joined a growing list of Republican senators calling for Roy Moore to step aside from his campaign for U.S. Senate, saying Moore “would be doing himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service” by doing so.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for as much Monday morning, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) followed suit.

McConnell did not rule out a write-in campaign featuring Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who was appointed to fill Attorney Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat on an interim basis, and who Sessions supported against Moore in the Alabama Republican Senate primary.

Of the handful of senators who explicitly endorsed Moore, only two listed on Moore’s website have not withdrawn those endorsements: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) withdrew his endorsement Monday but stopped short of calling for Moore to withdraw his candidacy, leaving it to Alabama voters to decide the Senate hopeful’s fate.

On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. And the Washington Post reported last week that Leigh Corfman claimed Moore made sexual advances on her when she was 14.

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  1. Public service is not what Roy Moore is about.

  2. Oh, boy! The morally superior mother superior Miz Lindsey gets into the act. If Moore was 35 years old and looked like Matt Bomer, Huckleberry J. Butchmeup (H/T: Charles Pierce, Esquire) would be issuing subpoenas against Moore’s accusers.

  3. Moore was all about being serviced in public, it seems.

  4. I’ll give what little respect I could possibly have to Roy Moore if he calls Graham a closet case. That would be so fucking delicious.

  5. Miz Lindsey would be doing a service by finally coming out.

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