Each story makes Roy Moore look worse, and it’s causing a number of notable Republican lawmakers to take a few steps back.
Sen. Mike Lee was one of the first lawmakers to withdraw support. Now, Sen. Ted Cruz is doing the same.
“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,” Cruz told reporters.
“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,” he added.
Full interview with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on the allegations against Roy Moore: pic.twitter.com/XcAtuWs00E
— Claire Allbright (@claireallbright) November 13, 2017
People aren’t sure how to feel.
It sounds to me like he wants to support RM, he just needs something a little better to work with, like a more forceful denial.
— jack (@jackston65) November 14, 2017
@SenTedCruz (2) ??? It’s terrible to be falsely accused. Moore is innocent until proven guilty. Accusations are so untimely. Questionable.
— Kat Gonzales (@KatGonzales5) November 14, 2017
Why would the people of Alabama need Ted’s advice on who to vote for? We don’t much care about what he says down here Texas.
— Terry Terrell (@TMTerry) November 14, 2017
Words I have never uttered until tonight: I agree with Ted Cruz.
— Zachary Altman (@zaaltman1) November 14, 2017
When you lose Ted Cruz…
— Steve Lemson (@SteveLemson) November 14, 2017
@tedcruz I’m a long-time supporter, & so disappointed with your stance on this. Not so long ago, you were the accused.
— Olive (@watchenu2) November 14, 2017
So far, Sens. Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Daines, Gardner, Graham, Hatch, Lee, McConnell and Toomey have withdrawn their support as well.
The special election is one month away. Who knows what’ll happen between now and then.